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Scarlet Oak tree (Quercus Coccinea)

Scarlet Oak is often planted as an ornamental oak, is one of the best hardy American oaks,  popular for its reliable bright red autumn colour. Frosty autumn mornings bring out the best of its red colour. Scarlet Oak tolerates a variety of conditions and isn't picky about soil. It grows best in dry, acidic soils. It can be planted on the edge of a wooded area or is often seen planted in grassy lawns. The species can be moved without much fuss, compared to other oaks, and can grow just as fast as other popular shade trees. It has no need for fertilizer as it prefers poor soil. The grey stems of this shapely 20 metre tall tree are similar to beech. The sharply lobed leaves are large (around 15cm long) with angular points and deep rounded indentations between. They are bright lustrous green. This distinguishes them from common red oak which has dull green leaves. On a good sheltered site growth is rapid and trees should remain symmetrical. Scarlet Oak doesn't tolerate shade so an open position is recommended. Stem pruning will produce a fine blemish free bole in a relatively short time. If planted in a clump, Scarlet Oak will tolerate close spacing (3 metres) so long as open space is maintained all round the group. Scarlet Oak has a huge natural range covering most of the eastern States of the USA and adjacent parts of Canada. It grows on poor gravelly soils up to 1500 metres elevation. It was discovered by Europeans in 1680. In 1691 a plant was given to Bishop Compton at Fulham. Wildlife Value - Acorns are eaten by mice, squirrels, birds and deer.

in 10 years 6mts. 20years 12mts. event. hgt 25 metres


Grows on any normal soil but is best on rather light ones.

Key Features:

Slender graceful leaves, turning bright scarlet to deep wine red in autumn.

Scarlet Oak tree (Quercus Coccinea)
Size (cm)
40 - 60
Price1 - 10
Price11 - 30
Price31 - 150
Price151 - 1000
Price1001 +
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