Scarlet Oak

      FAMILY: Beech
      HEIGHT: 70 TO 80 ft.

      Scarlet Oak is so called because of the brilliant color of its autumn leaves. It is a common, robust, tapering, open-crowned tree of forest and roadside, preferring dry, sandy soils. The dark bark is strongly fissured. The leaf, 3 to 6 in. long, is smooth, shiny, with few or no hairs below, somewhat resembling Pin Oak. However, it is large than that of Pin Oak, with five to seven deep lobes.

      The sinuses between them are broadly rounded. The acorn, medium-sized, is about half covered by a deep cup. The reddish-brown wood, though coarse and heavy, is sometimes sold as Red Oak.