Willow Oak

Quercus phellos


This large oak looks a little like a weeping willow, with its long skinny leaves and wide spreading canopy. But, unlike willows, it has deep roots and strong branches (Weeping Willows usually develop surface roots and are prone to broken branches and decay) Because they are native to Central and Southern US Willow oaks can take summer irrigation, without sickening as our California native oaks do.

Willow Oaks grow pretty fast when young and are attractive trees with bright green leaves and small acorns. In the fall they turn orange, yellow and red for a short time before the leaves drop.

NEED Description
Height: 60-75 feet
Spread: 50-60 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast

Irrigation needed: low to high
Fall Color: soft, orange/yellow/red
Flowers: Catkins
Seeds/Fruit: button-sized acorns

NEED Planting Distances
Foundation: 20 feet
Drives/Patios: 8 feet
Fence: 6 feet
Too tall for growing under high-voltage power lines