Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' at Roath Park Wild Gardens

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' 0

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet'
mid May 2015

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' 1

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet'
early June 2015

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' 2

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet'
late October 2015

Grid reference ST 18635 80145
Common name Scarlet oak 'Splendens'
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status Glamorgan Champion 2015
Height 14M April 2015
Girth 170cm April 2015
Reference 170
Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' bark

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' bark
May 2015

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' leaf

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' leaf
early June 2015

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' leaf2

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' leaf
early November 2015

General tree description

Quercus coccinea 'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' is a variant of the Scarlet oak, Quercus coccinea. This is large tree (up to 25 metres tall) and is noted for its autumn colour. Its leaves are up to 13cm long, and deeply lobed with sharp bristle-like tips. The leaves are glossy dark green during summer, turning scarlet in autumn, and in some cases lasting into winter. The acorns are 2 to 3cm long and are half enclosed in a deep cup. They mature over two years.

'Splendens Knaphill Scarlet' was selected at Knap Hill Nursery in Surrey. It is noted for its exceptionally rich scarlet autumn colour and has larger leaves (up to 18cm) than the species.