The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak This species is a native of SE and Central USA that can grow to 30m. The leaf is up to 18cm long, glossy green, with up to seven lobes, each ending in a point which may have a terminal whisker. The lobes are separated by deep indentations or sinuses. As the name suggests, the autumn colours are a deep red. The leaf is very similar to that of Pin Oak. In that species the sinuses are a broad "U" shape whereas in Scarlet Oak they are like a slightly squashed "C". Also, Pin Oak has tufts of brownish hairs in the vein axils underneath, whereas this species is almost hairless.

Location : there is one memorial tree to the side of Firs Hill; compartment 25, square M10.