Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, average, poor, sand
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: yellow, green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, fall interest, ornamental foliage, shade tree, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Quercus coccineaAlso known as:
Quercus coccinea is a stately oak. Relatively fast growing, it will commonly grow to 75', though wild specimens have been reported reaching 150'. Mature trees have a well rounded, symmetrical form. The dark-green leaves are deeply cut, with pointed lobes. The turn brilliant shades of scarlet red in fall. The male catkins and female flowers are nondescript. The acorns are showy and up to an inch long.
Scarlet oak is easy to grow and problem free. It is often used for its ornamental value, and effectiveness as a shade tree. It is well adapted to dry conditions and poor soil. It is a commonly used tree in urban environments. Blooms April or May. Zones 4-8
Propagate from seed.
The lumber from Quercus coccinea is marketed as red oak. Acorns are an important food source for birds, and mammals small or large.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: ME
|Species||Quercus coccinea||scarlet oak|