There is probably no tree that can proclaim the arrival of autumn as boldly as a Scarlet oak. This is a stately shade tree for the larger property, especially for well-drained, drier locations. Quercus coccinea, more commonly known as the Scarlet oak has some of the best autumn color of any large tree and is a splendid choice for parks and country properties and it also makes an excellent street tree. Scarlet oak grows up to 80 feet with a 40 to 50 feet spread. Like so many of the stately North American oaks, it has a rounded, open habit which lends permanence to a site. Its leaves are 3-6 inches long and deeply cut with bristle-tipped, pointed lobes. These are a glossy green in summer and are quite handsome, but it's real fame comes in autumn when the leaves turn scarlet. The flowers, like all oaks, are not showy, but the acorns are attractive and a valuable winter food source for wild-life. It is also fast-growing and tolerates a wide range of soils and climates, growing across most of the US. And Scarlet oak has also become a popular choice in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Scarlet oak


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