Scarlet Oak

Arbor walk #49, TreeKeeper ID #1925

True to its name, the scarlet oak produces wonderful scarlet leaf color in the fall. A long-living and durable species, it is considered easy to grow even in drier, sandier soil. Often used as a shade tree in lawns and along streets because it grows to a large size. It is native to southeastern Missouri.

The Scarlet Oak is a member of the subgenus of red oaks. These oaks are distinguishable from other oaks from their awns (soft bristles) at the ends of leaf lobes, their orange hairs on the leaf underside at vein intersections, and their dark, ridged bark.

Common NameScarlet Oak
Latin NameQuercus coccinea
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