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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
Hardy Planting Zone- 3 to 9
Bloom Season - Spring
Bloom Color – Yellowish green
Height at Maturity –Up to 75 feet tall
Soil Type Preferred- Moist soil
Sun or Shade-Full sun
The willow oak will grow up to 75-feet tall in many types of soils if it is consistently wet.
It spreads out to be about 50-feet wide at maturity.
This member of the red oak family takes good characteristics from many other members of the family. It has a rounded oak shape when mature with lots of foliage, making it an ideal choice for a shade tree. Before reaching maturity, the tree may have a pyramidal form.
This sun-loving tree has a dark gray trunk. As the tree matures, deep furrows develop in the bark, adding visual interest to this tree.
The willow oak’s leaves are light green. They have smooth edges with a bristle-tipped top. These leaves are narrow and can be up to 9-inches long while seldom more than 1-inch across. In the autumn, the leaves turn a dull gold to yellowish-brown color.
It blooms in mid-spring with yellowish-green male and female flowers on the same tree. The flowers, which appear about the same time as the leaves, are hard to notice unless you look closely. Both sexes appear in downy catkins. The wind pollinates the flowers.
This tree prolifically produces round acorns that are between 0.25-and-0.50-inches long that take two years to mature. You should not expect acorns to appear until the tree is about 15 years old.
This tree grows about 24 inches annually, making it an outstanding choice as a foundation tree.
It does very well in wet conditions, but a mature willow oak can withstand short drought conditions. It is not harmed by most air pollution or salt, making it ideal for planting along roadways.