Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Oaks . . . ] Forest Type: Oak-Hickory
by Michael Kuo
Note: The red oaks of eastern North America are often difficult to identify with certainty--and the task is complicated by the fact that many of the species hybridize.
Habitat: Typically on dry or sandy soil; growing primarily east of the Mississippi River.
Stature: 50-80 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with an open, rounded crown.
Leaves: 3-7 inches long; with 5-9 bristle-tipped lobes; sinuses wide and C-shaped, extending more than halfway to the midrib; shiny and dark green above; shiny and paler green below, with small tufts of rusty hairs in the corners between veins.
Bark: Thin; dark gray to nearly black; furrowed and ridged in age.
Acorns: Bitter; to 1 inch long; enclosed for about 1/3 to 1/2 in a scaly cup; kernels white.
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