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Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea

Fall Colors Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Fast-growing, pyramidal oak with scarlet to russet fall color. It's name, "coccinea" means scarlet in Latin, referring to the fall color.

Growing Conditions:
Prefers full sun and sandy, dry soil.

Uses:
Great street and shade tree with beautiful fall color. Can garden under canopy.

Height:
75' at maturity

Width:
40' at maturity

Shape:
Upright spreading, broadly oval

Flowers:
Male catkins and female flowers with spikes that appear with leaves.

Leaves:
Alternate, simple, light green, slender leaves have deep, sharp lobes. Leaves turn scarlet red in fall. Dead leaves will persist over winter, especially on younger trees.

Bark:
On young trees, bark is grayish brown with smooth streaks. Bark develops irregular ridges and furrows as tree matures.

Native range Eastern US; Minnesota to Maine, south to Missouri and Florida.