Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea

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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.

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

65' at maturity

40' at maturity

Upright spreading, broadly oval

Male catkins and female flowers with spikes that appear with 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.

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

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