Willow Oak Tree, Quercus phellos
The Willow is a very large tree that gets its name from the willow-like leaves it sprouts. The difference between the willow oak and the willow tree is that the leaves do not have teeth and have a hair-like bristle at the tip of the leaf. It has both male and female flowers, with the male being more recognizable by the long yellowish-green catkins that hang down. The bark is grayish-brown, with wrinkles as it gets older. The leaves are light green during the summer months and yellow, orange, and russet during the autumn months. Because of its large size, it is most suited for parking lot islands, lining city streets and as a park or shade tree. This oak can grow between 3 and 4 feet in one year under ideal conditions. The willow oak has long thin leaves which droop very similarly to a Weeping Willow, though of course the oak grows much larger. These trees can mature to be very tall, and some can reach to one hundred feet tall and around forty feet wide. These trees are wonderful for shade trees on a lawn, but they need plenty of room to grow so their roots can spread, so they become healthy. These look amazing as they are covered in their leaves and especially as they begin to change colors. This is a wonderful way to provide color to all lawns during the fall and autumn months of the year.