Native to eastern North America the scarlet oak is a short lived, fast growing oak tree. The scarlet oak grows to a height of 60–80′ and a spread of 40–50′ at maturity and only lives for up to 100 years. The scarlet oak is similar in appearance to the pin oak, with some key differences. The leaves on the scarlet oak have much deeper lobes forming a “C” shape unlike pin oak leaves. The acorns are almost 3 times the size of pin oak acorns and have a very deep cap. The bark is light gray with no furrows or ridges, instead it has a smooth look.