Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea)

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Leaves with shiny upper- and undersides, with deep, C-shaped sinuses; acorns top-shaped, the cup covering about half of the nut; growing primarily east of the Mississippi River.

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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Quercus coccinea

Quercus coccinea

Quercus coccinea

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