The unusual foliage does not look like a typical oak. The deep green and leathery leaves are very narrow with a paler underside adding a slight shimmering quality.
WHY PLANT IT: It is a large elegant classic shade tree and an excellent climbing tree with strong wood. It is quite supportive of the average treehouse.
WHERE: Willow oak is extremely tough and tolerant of poor soils and harsh urban conditions and will thrive in full sun.
Plant it in a location with well-drained soil, although it will tolerate sandy sites and clay if the drainage is adequate.
SIZE: A 10-year-old woody plant or a 5-year-old perennial or bulb will reach 25 feet high with a spread of 18 feet.
Little pruning is needed other than removing dead, broken or poorly formed limbs.
LEARN MORE: Great Plant Picks at www.greatplantpicks.org.
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