Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak

Technical information

Height: 10-12m

Habit & Growth rate: Moderate to fast growing, open broadly rounded tree becoming a large tree, 25m+ with maturity.

Foliage: Lustrous, dark green leaves turning scarlet in autumn, with seven to nine deeply divided slender lobes each with several sharp bristle tipped points.


This widely planted tree is suitable for larger parks, gardens, golf courses and where there is room, street tree planting. In our nursery we carry out formative pruning to ensure that a good central leader is develop that is maintained as the tree matures. Quercus coccinea originates in dry areas with poor soils; therefore it is very tolerant of some urban sites that have quite dry clay or sandy soils.

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Reference: Edward F. Gilman 1997 Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes
David More & John White 2003 Cassell’s Trees Of Britain & Northern Europe.

All plant dimensions are estimates only and ultimate size and growth rates will depend on growing conditions, particularly when used in some urban environments.