Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea Muenchhausen    Synonyms: Quercus coccinea var. tuberculata.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fagales   >   Family Fagaceae   >   Genus Quercus   

Description:

Medium to large tree. "Distinguished from Eastern Black Oak in smaller, ore deeply lobed leaves; also distinguished by buds that are pale only at tip, and a tightly scaled acorn cup. Distinguished from Pin Oak by drier habitat, a deeper acorn cup, hairy buds and rough bark. Fall color can be brighter red than on most oaks" (Sibley, 2009).

Where to find:

In dry soils. Quite common in Maryland's Piedmont and Mountain areas, but also occurs on the Coastal Plain (Brown and Brown, 1972).

Relationships:

Host plant for various moth species including Common Gray Moth, Banded Tussock Moth and American Dagger Moth (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants).

There are 70 records in the project database.

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Scarlet Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/29/2012). Note 1 to 3 concentric groves around the apex of acorns. Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak leaves in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/29/2013). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Somerset Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Scarlet Oak leaf and trunk in Howard Co., Maryland (9/8/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/30/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Somerset Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak (trunk) in Howard Co., Maryland (2/11/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/31/2021). (c) johnbotany, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by John Hall. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Wicomico Co., Maryland (3/31/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Harford Co., Maryland (12/6/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (2/25/2018). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Baltimore Co., Maryland (2/18/2020). (c) Peter M Martin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Peter M Martin via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Baltimore Co., Maryland (2/18/2020). (c) Peter M Martin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Peter M Martin via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Scarlet Oak in Caroline Co., Maryland (5/29/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)


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