Willow Oak trees are a North American species of a deciduous tree in the red oak group of oaks. It is native to the eastern and central United States from Long Island sound south to northern Florida, and west to southernmost Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and eastern Texas. It is most commonly found growing on lowland floodplains, often along streams, but rarely also in uplands with poor drainage, up to 400 meters (1,300 ft) altitude. The willow's acorn, 8–12 mm (5⁄16–15⁄32 in) long, and almost as wide as long, with a shallow cup; it is one of the most prolific producers of acorns, an important food tree for wildlife.
The tree starts acorn production around 15 years of age, earlier than many oak species.
One of the facts about willow oak trees is their high water needs, especially when young. This can mean the tree will pirate moisture from other plants in the area. It is also a fast grower and can suck the local nutrients out of the soil as fast as they can be replaced. None of this is good for nearby flora.Shallow root system.
It is a medium-sized tree growing 65–100 ft tall. It is distinguished from most other oaks by its leaves which are shaped like willow leaves, 5–12 cm (2–4 3⁄4 in) long and 1–2.5 cm (3⁄8–1 in) broad with an entire (untoothed and unlobed) margin; they are bright green above, paler beneath, usually hairless but sometimes downy beneath.
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Tree Form: Central Leader
Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses large, willow like
Wildlife: Acorns very good for deer, game and wildlife
Acorns - prolific producer
Light requirements: Full sun
Soil type: Moist floodplains soils, Ph 5.5-7.0. Drought tolerant once established.
Pruning: Pruning consists of the removal of dead, diseased, or damaged branches maintaining size within your landscape
Hardiness Zone: 5-9