is not necessary
are a staple in southern landscapes. There are
many native varieties and if you have woodlands
full of trees on your property it's almost a certainty
there will be oaks among them. Oaks are considered
by many to be the perfect shade tree. Most varieties
grow quite large with a broad spread. They can
be used ornamentally in large islands and if placed
properly can cast a shadow on your home saving
hundreds of dollars on cooling costs each year.
Additionally, trees of this size and stature can
add thousands of dollars in value to your home.
Below are two favorites that we use in landscape
Oak - One of the many red oaks this one
will probably capture the market due to its richer
red fall foliage color, better branching structure,
and stronger root system. We've found Nuttallii
to be a very fast grower adding up to 4 feet in
height per year. A very adaptable tree that will
tolerate both damp or dry soils. Grows 40-60 feet
in height with an equal spread.
Oak - This useful tree is pyramidal in
youth then becomes more of an oblong-oval as it
matures. The bright green leaves shaped like beefy
willow leaves turn yellow, yellow-brown and russet
red in fall. Acorns form in late summer and provide
food for wildlife. Grow in full sun. Prefers moist,
well-drained soil but will adapt to many types
of soil. Transplants more easily than most oaks
due to a fibrous root system. Good form and texture
make this an excellent shade tree for home landscapes
as well as large public spaces and corporate landscapes.
Grows 40-60 feet in height and 30-40 feet wide