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Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea

Description:
This is an easy to grow shade tree with a rounded habit. Glossy dark green leaves develop into a scarlet red in fall for brilliant fall foliage. The acorns are a great food source for wildlife.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 8 feet

Mature Height: 50-60 feet

Mature Spread: 40-50 feet

Tree Shape: Rounded

Where to Plant:
Great specimen shade tree for your yard or in a wide planting strip without overhead power lines.

Leaves:
Glossy green and deeply cut with bristle-tipped, pointed lobes. Vibrant scarlet red fall color.

Fruit:
Acorn enjoyed by wildlife.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Prefers moist but well drained soil.

Potential Problems:
No serious pest problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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