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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus coccinea

Genus:

Quercus

Species Epithet:

coccinea

Common Name:

Scarlet Oak

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

72-100 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Xeric upland forests. Generally rather common to common from the NC mountains eastward to the northwestern Coastal Plain, though can be somewhat local or infrequent in a few areas. Mostly infrequent or uncommon in the northwestern Coastal Plain, as well as in the Sandhills; Not nearly as numerous as White Oak (Q. alba) in our upland forests of the mountains and Piedmont, but it can be quite common in some montane dry forests at middle elevations.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Beautiful fall color. Leaves have deep sinuses with bristle tips.

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Quercus coccinea. You will likely hear them called Scarlet Oak. This picture shows the Beautiful fall color. Leaves have deep sinuses with bristle tips. of Quercus coccinea

Bettina Darveaux

Fallen leaf and acorn. Concentric rings commonly present around the tip of the acorn.

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Quercus coccinea. You will likely hear them called Scarlet Oak. This picture shows the Fallen leaf and acorn. Concentric rings commonly present around the tip of the acorn. of Quercus coccinea

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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