OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Quercus coccinea   FAMILY Fagaceae   Go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus coccinea var. coccinea   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Quercus coccinea

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Quercus coccinea var. tuberculata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 055-03-021:
Quercus coccinea   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Quercus coccinea

 

COMMON NAME:
Scarlet Oak


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image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_coccinea_4

January        

Bark on upper trunk, light to dark gray with lighter streaks, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu25812

May    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_coccinea_9_6_05_1

September        

Bark at base on mature trees dark brown to blackish, often rough & blocky, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_coccinea_9_6_05_11

September        

Acorn cup thick, covering 1/3-1/2 of nut; nut 15-20mm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_coccinea_9_6_05_13

September        

Nut usually with concentric rings at apex, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_coccinea_leaves

September        

Leaf base rounded, truncate, or shortly tapered, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

JK Marlow    s011027_b

October    Greenville County    SC

Lf base truncate, glossy light green above, tufts of axillary tomentum below, per Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

JK Marlow    jkm181031_5439

November    Greenville County    SC

Leaves shiny-green below, virtually hairless except in vein axils, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

JK Marlow    jkm181031_5443

November    Greenville County    SC

Small tufts of hair in axils of main veins below, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Quercus coccinea, Scarlet Oak

JK Marlow    s011111_l

November    Greenville County    SC

Leaves deeply 5-9 lobed, sinuses rounded, larger lobes with 3+ bristles, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Pin Oak, Scarlet Oak, Shumard Oak and Texas Oak

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Quercus coccinea   FAMILY Fagaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus coccinea var. coccinea   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Quercus coccinea

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Quercus coccinea var. tuberculata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 055-03-021:
Quercus coccinea   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Quercus coccinea

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1183

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (uncommon in Carolina Coastal Plain) (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Xeric upland forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate, 5-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
Petals absent
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers

Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Acorn

 

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