Introduced from America in 1750 this is widely regarded as the most attractive of all the native trees from the States.
It won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
Pyramidal when young it can resemble Quercus palustris in shape and habit and certainly rivals it for autumn colour when its foliage turns magnificent reds oranges and yellows.
The dark glossy green leaves are narrowly oval and can reach 15cm in length.
They do not tolerate lime soils so please bear this in mind if you choose one.
Mature height: 12-17m
Mature spread: 6-10m