Specie: Red oak
LATIN NAME: Quercus species, mainly Quercus rubra
OTHER COMMON NAMES: northern red oak, southern red oak
Janka Hardness Value: 1290
American red oak is the dominant species in the U.S. hardwood forests – with distinctive grain, and wood that is not always red in colour. The name comes from the leaf colour in the fall. Red oak may be sold on the basis of ‘northern’, ‘southern’ and ‘Appalachian’.