At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fagaceae
Latin Name: Quercus coccinea
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Scarlet
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Oval to pyramidal
Bark: Dark gray and smooth
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 50 to 70 feet
Spread: 40 to 50 feet
Care: Medium to dry, well drained soil

As the official tree of Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, the Scarlet Oak is an appropriately magnificent, brilliantly colored oak variety of the Fagaceae family. Widespread throughout the central and eastern United States, Quercus Coccinea is the fiery Scarlett O’Hara of the South, resiliently brightening up the countryside all the way from Georgia up to Maine, and can be found as far west as Wisconsin and Alabama. Popular for its vibrant and smoldering red foliage, the Scarlet Oak is most frequently planted for its ornamental value. It is a scarcer species and not as commonly seen as the Northern Red Oak or Pin Oak.

Categorized as a medium-sized deciduous tree, the Scarlet Oak reaches a height of 50-70 ft. with a 40-50 ft. span. Usually found in upland regions, this species has a pleasant architecture, usually pyramidal or oval in shape, and provides ample shade while serving as a haven for various wildlife species. The tree’s foliage is dark green, glossy, and with U-shaped sinuses; this canopy remains dense throughout the spring and summer months, providing a refreshing color contrast to the Scarlet Oak’s smooth, dark gray bark. Yellowish-green catkins appear from April to May, similar to those of other oak variations. True to its name, the Scarlet Oak’s autumn foliage delivers what it promises: a spectacular collage of vivid scarlet hues.

The Scarlet Oak is tolerant of poor soils and strong winds, adding the characteristic of resilience to its other virtues. It thrives best with full sun and in medium to dry, well-drained soils, and has an unsurprising 4-9 hardiness zone rating.

“If you wish to count the Scarlet Oaks, do it now. In a clear day stand thus on a hilltop in the woods, when the sun is an hour high, and every one within your range of vision, excepting in the west, will be revealed […] The whole forest is a flower-garden, in which these late roses burn.” –Henry David Thoreau, Excursions

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