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Tree Campus: Scarlet Oak

Tree Campus SCC is a multi-year and interdisciplinary college initiative to document, map, and celebrate the incredible diversity of trees planted on the campus. With over 200 species, Shoreline Community College is an arboreal paradise that deserves to b


Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea (FAGACEAE)



Central-Eastern USA



"Scarlet oak acorns are an important food source for numerous upland wildlife species including squirrels, chipmunks, mice, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, blue jays, and woodpeckers. White-tailed deer occasionally browse young oak sprouts. The deer only take the top few inches of the sprout unless it is extremely succulent or other food is scarce.

Small mammals and birds use scarlet oak for nesting sites, both in the canopy and in cavities." [1]


Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"Scarlet oak is widely planted in the United States and Europe as a shade tree and ornamental. It has brilliant red foliage in autumn." [1]



"Although scarlet oak wood is of inferior grade, it is cut and utilized with other red oaks as red oak lumber." [1]



[1] Carey, Jennifer H. 1992. Quercus coccinea. In: Fire Effects Information System,. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available:

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