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Scarlet Oak


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Quercus coccinea shape

Quercus coccinea

  • Height: 50’ - 70’
  • Spread: 40’ - 50’
  • Site characteristics: Easily grown in average, dry-to-medium, well-drained acidic soils; full sun
  • Zone: 4 - 9
  • Native range: Eastern United States
  • pH: 5.5 - 7.5
  • Shape: Large tree with rounded, open habit
  • Foliage: Glossy, dark green in the summer, and russet-red to brilliant scarlet in the fall
  • Additional: Very shade intolerant
  • Pests: Relatively pest-free

Quercus coccinea leaf Scarlet Oak
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU (left), and David Stephens, (right).

Scarlet Oak leaves
Photo: Bert Cregg, MSU

Scarlet Oak range map
Map indicates species’ native range. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.

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