Scarlet oak

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Scarlet oak Quercus coccinea


A medium size oak tree, Quercus coccinea, native to the central and eastern parts of North America. The scarlet oak has a strong, reddish brown wood with a coarse grain. It is used for interior millwork.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Quercus coccinea;

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • A medium tree growing to 25 m with a rounded crown.
  • Bark=brown developing ridges and furrows with age.
  • Leaves=oval with deep sinuses and seven bristle-tipped lobes.
  • Fruit=small oval acorn with large shiny cap, maturation takes two years.

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 556
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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