scarlet/red oak in stl, mo
I thought I had made my mind up on planting a variety of Maple hybrid (autumn blaze/glory/etc) here in this thread.
But I just couldn't get the thoughts of having a tree for 10-15 years just to have it break/the bark crack/it just die on me. Plus at ONLY 40'-50' tall I was left wanting for something that would get bigger.
It seems to me these have a lot going for them. They grow quick, are hardy, have great fall color, are very sturdy and can also provide a good home for animals too. What am I missing???
I cant really remember how I got turned onto these specific Oaks but I just really like the thought of planting something that could possibly live 500 years, Autumn Blaze cant touch that!
SO what are the real differences between a Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea) and a Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) and if these are less favored for whatever reason you feel please elaborate.