- Current Height: 2 feet
- Mature Height: 60 – 80 feet
- Growth Rate: Medium (13” – 24” per year)
- Light: Full sun
- Soil: Dry to medium, adapts to moist
- Landscape uses: Stately shade tree with excellent fall color
- Fun fact: You may find walkingstick insects feeding on the leaves
Pollinator value: Medium -- however, Scarlet Oak also is one of the 5 most valuable trees for supporting biodiversity.
As entomologist Doug Tallamy explains, oak trees support hundreds of species of caterpillars -- more than any other tree or plant -- and birds need those caterpillars for a large part of their diet.
Scarlet Oak -- the Tree of the District of Columbia -- also is a handsome shade tree, particularly suited to dry areas, and it is becoming increasingly popular because of its spectacular fall color and open, rounded crown.