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Scarlet oak

Quercus coccinea

Bright red fall color makes this tree stand out in Autumn, but will hold brown leaves until spring. Open, rounded canopy, and glossy green leaves in summer.

SMUD Availability:
Yes
Size:
Large
Height:
60-75 ft
Width:
40-60 ft
Water Needs:
Moderate
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
Round
Fall color:
Red
Flowers:
No
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
Susceptible to oak wilt and caterpillars. Has thin bark and is easily damaged by fire.
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
Yes, 8' planting strip

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 15 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 8 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 30 feet
  • between trees: 30 feet

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