The willow oak is frequently planted in public spaces in the U.S. because of its size, shade cover, hardiness, attractive appearance, and fast growth. At about 15 years of age, the willow oak begins to produce acorns, an important food tree for squirrels, birds, and other animals. Its leaves turn shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall. Impressive willow oaks can be found in the eastern to southeastern area of the Ramble.
Leaves2-8 inches long, narrow, ovate, lanceolate
FruitTiny acorns with shallow cups
FlowerInconspicuous, catkins and spikes
BarkSmooth and gray, becomes darker and rougher over time