Scarlet’s Oak

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.

The Appearance

A medium to large deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and deeply lobed leaves that turn vibrant scarlet in autumn.


The Produce

They have a glossy appearance and can range in colour from light brown to reddish-brown.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by acorns in autumn.


The Leaves

The leaves typically have seven to nine lobes with deep sinuses, creating a deeply cut appearance.


The Bark

The bark is dark gray and becomes deeply furrowed with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in forests, parks, and along streets.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and mammals. The acorns are eaten by birds and mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its striking autumn foliage and timber. Often planted for shade and ornamental purposes.


Fun Facts

The Scarlet Oak is known for its brilliant red fall color, making it a popular choice for ornamental planting.

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