Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)

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 This tree is often mistakenly called pin oak in reference to the long, slender leaves. Like Nuttall, willow oak can tolerate a duration of flooding, but not quite as long as Nuttall. The tradeoff being willow oak has a very small acorn that ducks can easily gobble up. Not just for ducks…willow oak works equally well on a wide range of planting sites, and provides a consistent crop of carb rich seed on a yearly basis. We think they produce large quantities of acorns much like cherry tomatoes or crabapples produce loads of fruit. Just a hunch, but it makes sense. The Willow oak grows best on elevated terraces in bottomland hardwoods



Red Oak section

6 - 9

Soil pH: 4.5 - 6.0
Mature Height: 80' - 130'
Wildlife Value: Good browse for whitetail deer, Acorns eaten by waterfowl, wild turkey, deer, fox, squirrel, and wood peckers.
Site Preference: Naturally occurs on moist, alluvial soils along streams and rivers, but commonly found in transition between lowland and upland sites.
Nut Maturity Date: October to early November
Alias: Pin Oak, Peach Oak, Swamp Willow Oak, Black Oak

Zone 6-9