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G6800, Revised June 2008

Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Red oak (Quercus borealis)

Large trees

Red oak is one of the fastest growing of all the oaks. It develops into a large, broad, round-topped tree with a deep red fall color. It withstands city conditions, has a clean habit of growth and makes one of our best street and shade trees.

Scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)

Large trees

Scarlet oak is very similar to red oak. Few people can tell the two species apart. As far as the landscape is concerned, they can be considered as the same.

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