Plants for Summer: Trees


Quercus coccinea

Common name: Scarlet Oak
Zones of hardiness: 4 to 9
Height & width: 50-70’ high; 40-50’ wide
Leaves: 3-6”long with pointed and bristle-tipped lobes; glossy; turns a brilliant red in the fall.
Origin: Missouri native

The bark of a Scarlet Oak differs from White Oak in the fact that is smoother and darker, with an inner orangish tone. It grows best in full sun and soils are dry to medium moisture. Scarlet Oak remains a recommended species for shade and street planting. It is also often chosen as an ornamental tree due to its redness in the fall, but it is important to note that has generally poor form and an irregular shaping.