Quercus phellos

willow oak


wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 65-75 ft    Width: 40-50 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, fall color


Recommended Uses: Shade tree. Suitable for situations where the roots may get somewhat abused such as street plantings and parking lot islands. Also has a high canopy.
Considerations: Fallen/falling acorns may be an issue.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Clay, loam


wildlife plant  
Wildlife utilize the acorns.
Native Habitats: Floodplains, hardwood swamp borders.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

The range of this tree barely makes it into north Florida. It is much more common in the remainder of the southeast.