dark grey to almost black, moderately rough, yellowish-brown twigs
elongated to oval, with deep pointed lobes, fresh green, 9 - 15 cm
gold coloured Y catkins, 6 - 8 cm long, May
single acorns, 1.5 - 2.5 cm
all types, preferably moist
eastern part of North America
Occurs in mixed deciduous woodland in the eastern part of North America. Forms a broad crown with branches growing horizontally. The bark is dark grey to almost black and is moderately rough. Q. coccinea bears a strong resemblance to Q. palustris. But Q. coccinea's young twigs are yellowish brown while those of Q. palustris are olive-green. The leaves are elongated to oval (sometimes obovate) and pinnated with 7 - 9 projecting serrated lobes. They are less deeply incised than those of Q. palustris and are 9 -15 cm long and 6 - 11 (15) cm wide. In the autumn the leaves turn a deep scarlet red. Once they have become brown they remain on the tree until halfway through the winter. The single acorns are one-third enclosed by the cupule. The latter is thickly covered with short contiguous scales.