Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


over 40 ft. (12 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama

Oak Park, California

San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Rosa, California

Marietta, Georgia

Monterey, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Valley Lee, Maryland

Chaska, Minnesota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cheshire, Oregon

King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Media, Pennsylvania

Orem, Utah

Elmwood, Wisconsin

Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 9, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a wonderful native tree of the eastern US, growing in upland, acid soils. It is similar in appearance and foliage to Pin Oak, but it develops a taproot and is more difficult to transplant, so most nurseries don't grow it. Many native plant nurseries grow it in containers. Some really big, diverse, conventional nurseries sometimes grow some. It should be used much more in landscapes.


On Apr 25, 2009, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My tree was planted at about 6 feet last year. It kept the dried leaves until 2 weeks ago. It is very late to leaf out, only now are the buds starting to swell, everything else in my garden is green already, except for the beech.

Pretty pretty tree!


On Sep 15, 2008, farmshapes from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

Planted a sapling in 1988 this tree is now about 35' and shades the entire front yard. The acorns drop and babies are everywhere. I will be potting them in the next week for a benefit, and expect they will do fine with a good fertilizer. Its a grand tree not yet full grown over rhododendrons, azaleas and other shade lovers.


On Oct 23, 2005, JazzMusician from Oak Park, CA wrote:

There is a beautiful specimen of this tree in front of Red Oak Elementary school in Oak Park, California. Has anyone any additional info on this plant in Southern California? I am considering planting one in my front yard. This tree appears to be full grown at about 35' tall, with a nicely rounded shape and beautiful red fall foliage.


On Nov 5, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree can reach a height of 70 - 75'. The foliage in summer is a dark, glossy green. It prefers well-drained loamy soil.


On Sep 14, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Considered the fastest grower of the oak trees it grows about 2 feet a year.The name comes from the beautiful scarlet leaves in the fall.