Do you have a lot of space in your yard? Consider planting some white oak trees. Many homeowners avoid planting these trees because they're known for their slow growth. However, white oaks are incredibly majestic and relatively easy to grow. By planting a few on your property and with the upkeep of a company like Corner Landscaping & Tree Service, you'll be adding beauty to the land for generations to come. You'll also be providing wildlife in the area with a valuable food source.
White Oak Characteristics
White oak trees can reach about 150 feet in height when mature, but it takes them decades to get there. They tend to increase by about 12 – 14 inches in height each year, which is much less than most oak species. However, their wide canopies and large, lobed leaves are incredibly beautiful and well worth the wait. The leaves of the white oak are green on top with whitish undersides. They turn a reddish brown in the fall before tumbling to the ground.
White Oaks and Wildlife
As humans clear more and more land for building, wild animals are being deprived of food sources and habitats. By planting a few white oaks on your property, you'll be helping to counteract the negative impacts of human development on wildlife. More than 180 different birds and mammals use the acorns of white oak trees as a food source. You'll get to enjoy the sight of squirrels, chipmunks, woodpeckers, and other animals in your backyard, and so will anyone who lives on your land once you've moved on.
Tips for Planting and Growing White Oaks
White oak trees are sometimes hard to find at garden shops since homeowners don't plant them as often as other oak varieties. You may have to contact a landscaping company directly, or have a few white oak saplings special ordered for your yard.
When choosing a site for your white oaks, remember that they will need a lot of space when mature. Try to choose an area where the soil is moist and well-drained. If your area is dry, you may need to water the tree regularly during its first few years of life, until it establishes deep roots to acquire enough water on its own. White oaks prefer full sunlight, but they will tolerate some shade.
Whether you plant one white oak or a whole grove, you'll be doing the people and animals that live on your land in future decades a favor. Of course, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the oak when it's small. Even a 10 or 15-foot, immature white oak tree has stunning leaves and impressive character.