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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 4, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I wish there was is easier way to tell the difference between Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea) and Black Oak (Quercus velutina) without looking at the terminal winter bud. Black Oak has a very long (7-10 mm) terminal Winter bud. There probably is an easier way to tell the difference, but I don’t know it yet.

There are only 5 oaks in New England that have leaves with bristle on the tips and lobes:
  • Bear Oak/Scrub Oak (Quercus ilicifolia): Short to tall shrubs (up to 16 feet). Distal leaf lobes long and spreading. Proximal leave lobes much shorter. Short (10-25 mm) petiole.
  • Red Oak (Quercus rubra): Sinuses of leaf usually extending less than 1/2 the distance from the tip of the lobes to the midrib.
  • Black Oak (Quercus velutina): Long (7-10 mm) terminal winter bud.
  • Pin Oak (Quercus palustris): Terminal winter bud is glabrous or with just a few hairs at the apex. The bud tends to be more pointed than Scarlet Oak bud. Rounded to obscurely angled in cross-section. Inner bark is pinkish.
  • Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea): Terminal winter bud is hairy at the apex. Bud is 5-angled in cross-section. Inner bark is orangish pink.
I thought it might be Pin Oak, but it is not found in New Hampshire (normally) and a closeup of the bud showed that the apex was hairy (see picture below).