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Quercus coccinea

Quercus coccinea Münchh.

 

Scarlet Oak

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFagalesBirch, she-oak, beech, walnut, bayberry, others
FamilyFagaceaeBeech familhy
GenusQuercusLatin for “oak”
Speciescoccinea“Scarlet or bright, deep pink”

About plant names...

Scarlet oak is a native of the eastern United States, named for bright red colors of its leaves in the fall.

Identification: Trees reach 80' (24 m), with the maximum reported height of 181' (55 m). Leaves are deeply lobed, even more so than eastern black oak, and sharp-tipped. Acorns are ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) long. The cap usually covers half of the nut. See the Quercus comparison table.

Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak)

Photo by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT, from the Arboretum Robert Lenoir, Rendeux, Belgium, on 4/10/2008.

Online References:

Quercus coccinea on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Quercus coccinea on the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Quercus coccinea at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Quercus coccinea on FLORIDATA

Quercus coccinea at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Quercus coccinea on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Quercus coccinea at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Quercus coccinea at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Quercus coccinea on Wikipedia

Quercus coccinea on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

References:

Sibley, David Allen, The Sibley Guide to Trees, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, p. 187

Quercus coccinea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak)

May be Quercus palustris · 10/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm) ID is uncertain

Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak)

or Black Oak? · 5/25/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak)

or Black Oak? · 5/25/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (14 × 22 cm) ID is uncertain

Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak)

May be Quercus palustris · 10/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (14 × 22 cm) ID is uncertain

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