Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Quercus coccinea
Quercus coccinea

Click to Enlarge

Zones 2-10, 14-24, 31-41
Full Sun

Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak
Deciduous, Trees


Appearance and hardiness of Oaks vary widely, but all produce acorns preceded by inconspicuous flowers. Single nuts are more or less enclosed in a cuplike cap covered with many closely set scales. In some species, the acorns are edible,with a sweet flavor. Some oaks are widely planted over large areas, while others have a limited range

Quercus coccinea

Can reach 60–80 ft. tall, 40–60 ft. wide. Pyramidal when young, round topped in maturity.Graybrown bark cracked into irregular plates. Bright green leaves are 3– 6 in. long,with pointed, deeply cut lobes; turn scarlet where fall nights are cold. Rounded,3/4–1-in. acorns half-covered in a bowl-like cap.

You Might Also Like...

Salix caprea

Native from Europe to northeastern Asia. Grows to 15 to 25 ft. tall, 12 to 15 ft. wide. Broad, 3- to 6...

Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’

Upright grower to 10–12 ft. high and wide (this is the only widely sold, upright-growing lacelea...

Sempervivum arachnoideum

Gray-green rosettes of many leaves are joined by fine hairs for a cobweb-covered look. Larger rosettes...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More