White Oak Tree, Quercus alba
If you desire a tall shade tree for your yard, look no further than the White Oak Tree. Along with growing tall, it has a large canopy due to its branches extending out parallel to the ground. The leaves are a glossy green in the spring and summer, then turn red or burgundy in the fall, giving your property a beautiful burst of natural color. In addition, the White Oak Tree produces acorns that are not as bitter as ones from other trees. This attracts wildlife like squirrels, jays, grackles, thrushes, wood ducks, even deer.
White oak is just the tree for shade as well as beautiful autumn foliage. In the fall the leaves, which have rounded lobes, turn golden brown or a deep red. It ovoid acorns are autumn and winter food for squirrels and deer. An oak tree can live between 200 and 300 years and will keep growing until it dies.
The White Oak Tree's claim to fame is that it is one of the longest lived oak trees in the world.
These trees are very slow growing, but provide a huge amount of shade, while their acorns serve to attract a great deal of wildlife. Since it lives for such a long time, it can be passed down through the generations along with the house and property!
Since the tree grows so large, it’s a good idea to plant it well away from the house or any overhead wires.