About This Plant

Quercus coccinea, commonly known as the scarlet oak, is a deciduous tree native to eastern North America. It is recognized for its distinctive lobed leaves that turn brilliant scarlet or deep red in the autumn, giving the tree its name. Scarlet oaks are prized for their ornamental value in landscaping and are known for their straight trunks and towering canopies. They are also an essential species for supporting local wildlife, as their acorns provide food for various animals.

The Story

Leaf

Scarlet Oak leaves are distinctively lobed with pointed tips, showcasing a vibrant red hue during autumn. The leaves typically have seven to nine lobes with deep sinuses, creating a deeply cut appearance. The glossy green upper surface contrasts with the paler underside.

Produce

The acorns are small, about 1/2 to 1 inch long, and are typically oval-shaped with a shallow cap. They have a glossy appearance and can range in colour from light brown to reddish-brown.
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