Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Cherrybark Oak (Q. rubra pictured)

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Common Name(s): Cherrybark Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus pagoda

Distribution: Eastern United States

Tree Size: 80-100 ft (25-30 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 49 lbs/ft3 (785 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .61, .78

Janka Hardness: 1,480 lbf (6,580 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 18,100 lbf/in2 (124.8 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 2,280,000 lbf/in2 (15.70 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 8,740 lbf/in2 (60.3 MPa)

Shrinkage:Radial: 5.5%, Tangential: 10.6%, Volumetric: 16.1%, T/R Ratio: 1.9

Color/Appearance: Has a light to medium reddish-brown color, though there can be a fair amount of variation in color. Conversely, White Oak tends to be slightly more olive-colored, but is by no means a reliable method of determining the type of oak.

Grain/Texture: Has medium-to-large pores and a fairly coarse grain.

Rot Resistance: Red oaks such as Cherrybark Oak do not have the level of decay and rot resistance that White Oaks possess. Durability should be considered minimal.

Workability: Easy to glue, and takes stain and finishes very well.

Odor: Has a tell-tale smell that is common to most oaks. Most find it appealing.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, oak has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Slightly less expensive than White Oak, Red Oak is in good/sustainable supply and is moderately priced. Thicker 8/4 planks, or quartersawn boards are slightly more expensive per board foot.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, and veneer.

Comments: Cherrybark Oak falls into the red oak group, and shares many of the same traits as Red Oak (Quercus rubra). Cherrybark Oak is among the strongest and highest quality of the oaks in the red oak group.

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Scans/Pictures: There are currently no pictures of this exact wood species, but a similar species within the Red Oak grouping is being substituted (Q. rubra). If you’d like to contribute a wood sample of this specific species to be scanned, (even small pieces of veneer can be sent), please use the contact form.

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