Plants for Summer: Trees


Quercus phellos

Common name: Willow Oak
Zones of hardiness: 5 to 9
Height & width: 40 to 60’ on average, but can reach up to heights of 90 to 130’ and 30 to 40’ spread on average
Leaves: alternate, simple, narrow and spear-shaped (elliptical) smooth and deep green; 2 to 5 1/2” long and 1/3 to 1” wide
Origin: Eastern/central United States

The Willow Oak has a feathery and rounded form in its maturity which results from consistent pruning in its youth. It remains a widely used street tree and it is capable of thriving in Zones 6 to 8. Even more, it will persist in difficult habitats though hydrated and well-drained soils will bring about its best appearance. Where transplanting is concerned, it is recommended that this takes place during the winter or dormant season.