Quercus coccinea, size Medium, on our nursery
Quercus coccinea, size Medium, on our nursery
Red autumn colour of Quercus coccinea
Semi-mature Quercus coccinea planted in parkland

Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak

Estimated fully grown height 20m+

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Quercus coccinea is one of the very reliable autumn colour producing Oak trees; it rivals Quercus palustris and rubra for flaming autumn red colour.  It was introduced from its native South East Canada and Eastern USA in 1691, so it has long been present in the UK.

The foliage is very similar to Quercus palustris, with leaves that are bright green, medium sized, with deep lobes.  In autumn this superb tree produces an array of bright red autumn scarlet’s, branch by branch from the top to the bottom of the tree.  The acorns distinguish this tree readily from palustris; they are produced in almost closed cups.

Quercus coccinea performs best on a slightly acidic soil, a characteristic often exhibited by dry, sandy soils; if the soil is neutral the autumn colour will be less spectacular and in this case it is best to opt for the more reliable performer that is Quercus palustris.  At maturity the Scarlet Oak produces a broad and rounded crown, further distinguishing it from the pyramidal formed palustris.

In the UK the Scarlet Oak is often confused with Quercus palustris yet it is a lovely addition to a parkland or estate where there is space for this tree to reach its full potential.  The US Champion tree for this species is found in Kentucky and stands at a massive 40m tall by 31m wide; it has been growing for many years in optimal soil conditions.

Mature height: 20m+

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Acidic, Well drained,
Autumn Colour
Autumn colour,
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.