Tennessee Willow Oak NA Tree


Willow Oak

Quercus phellos

Family: Fagaceae

Leaf Type: Deciduous

Mature Height: ~30 m (~100 ft)

Fall Color: Yellow to pale orange-brown

Native Range: Willow oaks are found throughout most of the Southeast, especially in lowlands and wet areas.



The leaves of the willow oak look similar to those of willow trees, which is how they get their name. The leaves are approximately four inches long and have a short, narrow stalk. The underleaf may be slightly hairy. As with all oaks, the fruit of the willow oak is an acorn. The acorns are small and have a shallow cup with tight scales. They may have faint striping. Willow oaks have smooth gray bark with faint ridges. The twigs of these trees are slender for an oak tree. We recommend not sampling the fruits & nuts of the trees and plants here at Adventure Science Center.


Fun Facts

● The common name of this tree comes from its leaves, which are small, narrow, and very similar in appearance to those of a willow tree.
● The wood of willow oaks is used for pulp and paper production.

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