Quercus 'coccinea' (Scarlet Oak)
|Common Name(s)||:||Oak,Scarlet Oak|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Summer Interest,Autumn Interest|
|Tree Features||:||Autumn Colour|
|Mature Size||:||Large (over 20m)|
|Soil Type||:||Acidic Soil|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree uses||:||Sheltered Sites,Urban Sites,Woodland Sites,Garden,Avenue Trees,Parkland Trees|
This tree, from the USA, is one of the best trees for autumn colour and is on par with Quercus Palustris for producing flaming reds and scarlets.
This superb autumn colourer was introduced from its native South Eastern Canada and Eastern USA in 1691.
The USA national champion in Kentucky is over 40 metres tall by 31 metres wide but trees of this stature are only seen on dry sandy soils which suits it best.
It requires a slightly acidic soil to perform at its best so select the more robust Quercus palustris if in doubt.
The overall effect is very similar.
A large and impressive subject, with a broad and rounded habit.
The summer’s dark, glossy, green leaves turn, branch by branch, to a flaming scarlet as autumn progresses.
Its acorns are carried in shallow cups.
A magnificent specimen for planting in parkland but it is often confused in the UK with Quercus palustris.
Mature height: 20m+