The height and circumference measurements listed above are for the largest-known scarlet oak in Atlanta. This tree is located at Emory University Lullwater Park.
The scarlet oak is not terribly common in Georgia, but it is not rare, either. This is a stately tree that draws a lot of admiration, but it doesn't get as large as a southern red oak. It grows quickly and turns a brilliant red in the Fall.
Acorns are small, about 3/4 inch in length, and the cup covers about half of the seed.
The acorns of the scarlet oak are favorite food for wildlife including squirrels and chipmunks, bluejays, red-headed woodpeckers, wild turkeys, mice, and deer.
Bark: Steven J. Baskauf, Vanderbilt University Bioimages
Leaves: Steven J. Baskauf, Vanderbilt University Bioimages
Acorn: Franklin Bonner, USFS (ret.), Bugwood.org
Fall color: T. Davis Sydnor, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
Flowers: Steven J. Baskauf, Vanderbilt University Bioimages