The leaves of Scarlet oak are green and deeply sinuate. The leaf ends are pointed. The leaf is up to 18 cm (7.1 in) long and up to 13 cm (5.1 in) broad, but can vary greatly in length and width. The leaf margin is smooth.
The flowers from greenish yellow catkins which sprout with the leaves.
The arcons are brown, oval and up to 2 cm (0.8 in) long
The branches are reddish brown and warty. Buds are pointed brown and ovoid.
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