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Quercus phellos

Plant name: Willow oak

Plant type: advanced / deciduous trees

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Description: A medium deciduous oak that is known for its ‘willow’ shaped leaves. This tree has an oval canopy and makes an interesting feature tree due to its everchanging foliage colour. Starting in spring a soft yellow, then bright green in summer followed by golden yellow in autumn.

Origin: North America.

Cultural notes: Prefers full sun to part shade. A low maintenance tree, its acorn fruit will help attract local wildlife.

Tolerates: This oak is tolerant of drought once established. Will tolerate clay soil and wet soil. Somewhat resistant to pest issues.

Flowering type and season: Small, insignificant flowers called catkins appear in spring, followed by almost round acorns.

Foliage type and colour: Foliage begins its cycle a light yellow in springtime, developing into an outstanding green in summer. By autumn, the leaves will be turning a rich, warm yellow before falling.

Soil type: Well-draining soil preferred. Acid to neutral pH is required. Most soil types are tolerable.

Width: Up to 15m

Height: Up to 15m

Recommended uses: Perfect tree to use as a feature tree or a shade creator. Great for streetscapes and parklands. Medium to large gardens are recommended.