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Scarlet Oak

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 50 - 70 Feet
  • Mature Spread 50 - 70 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 9

Scarlet Oak or Quercus coccinea is a stately tree that will offer abundant shade in the summer and put on a dazzling foliage display each fall. The 3- to 6-inch deeply lobed leaves are bristled at the tip and start out green but transition to a blazing scarlet during the late fall and early winter. This oak tree will retain its leaves longer than many other deciduous trees, so the intense foliage will stand out even more since most trees will have already dropped their leaves. This is a large tree, so consider the size when selecting the ideal spot.

This tree has a rounded, open growth habit and naturally maintains a full and lush canopy. Scarlet Oak is native to the east coast of North America, so once established, this tree requires very little maintenance. Pollinators are drawn to this tree, and after several years the tree will produce acorns in the fall. This tree makes a wonderful habitat and food source for various animals. Scarlet Oak is a perennial in USDA zones 4 through 9.

Scarlet Oak Care

Plant Scarlet Oak in full sun. This plant will take as much direct sunlight as possible, and keep in mind that it will grow to be rather large, so it will overshadow other plants once it is full-grown. This tree requires dry, well-drained soil. Acidic soil is ideal, although it is not necessary. Scarlet Oak has medium water requirements and will need water routinely for the first year or two. Once the plant is established, you will not need to water it.

The Scarlet Oak naturally maintains a nice, rounded canopy, so pruning is unnecessary, aside from removing any dead or damaged growth. Fertilizing is also unnecessary. As a native plant, the Scarlet Oak is self-sufficient and will thrive once it settles in.

Scarlet Oak Spacing

This is a large, upright tree with a central trunk that will grow 50 to 70 feet tall, and the canopy will spread 40 to 80 feet. Plant this tree at least 15 to 20 feet away from a house or other trees.

Scarlet Oak Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Plant Type: Trees
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 50 - 70 Feet
Mature Spread: 40 - 80 Feet
Spacing: 40 - 80 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat, Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Native to North America
Common Name: Scarlet Oak
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