- Fast-growing oak
- Great scarlet red fall color
- Tolerates a wide range of soils
- Grows 60' to 80', 40' to 50' spread
- Zones 4 to 9
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, FL, HI, LA, OR
Zones 4 - 9
The Scarlet Oak can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Scarlet Oak falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
60' - 80' High
The Scarlet Oak grows to be 60' - 80' feet in height.
40' - 50' Spread
The Scarlet Oak has a spread of about 40' - 50' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This oak does well in full sun.
Tolerates a wide range of soils except alkaline.
This oak has rounded shape.
The Scarlet Oak tree is well named. Its early spring foliage is often red, its inner bark is reddish, and in autumn the leaves are brilliant red or scarlet. The acorns of this tree are a favorite food for gray squirrels, chipmunks, mice and birds, especially blue jays. It is a common tree in the Appalachian Mountains but has become a popular landscape tree throughout the eastern and central United States.
Scarlet oak acorns are an important food source for many large songbirds, wild turkeys, grouse, squirrels, and whitetail deer.
The native range of the Scarlet Oak tree extends from Maine to Florida and west to Missouri. The first scientific observations of this tree were made in 1691. The brilliant red leaf color extends well into winter, making an excellent splash of color against a white snow background.
Normal moisture preferred, but with some drought tolerance.
This trees leaves are 4 to 7 inches long with 7 to 9 (rarely) narrow, bristle-tipped lobes separated by deep sinuses. Green in summer with brilliant red or scarlet color in autumn.
Brown, faded flower color. Not noteworthy.
The fruit is round, 1 inch long, attractive to wildlife.
Fast-growing and tolerates a wide range of soils. Leaves are glossy deep green on top, paler green below, and scarlet in fall. Crown is open and rounded, providing light shade. Grows to 60' to 80', 40'-50' spread. (Zones 4-9)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.