Oak Trees

Oak Trees

Oak trees can be a great choice for tall trees, privacy trees, shade trees, and many more! They are great to line properties or for home landscapes. These trees, often ranging from 40-80 feet tall, can be fast growing so they are a great choice for landscaping right now!

There are hundreds of different types of oak trees out there and each with unique, distinct properties. Perfect Plants is an oak trees nursery with carefully hand selected trees grown right here in North Florida. These high quality trees are the perfect addition to any landscape. We are proud to offer 3 oak tree varieties for you to choose from - Nuttall Oak tree, Sawtooth Oak tree, and Willow Oak tree.

Oak trees can live for hundreds of years so a carefully planned planting site is necessary when choosing the location of your new trees! They can thrive in most areas of the United States.

Oak trees produce acorns and are an important source of food for wildlife including squirrels, birds, and deer. Oak trees can be both evergreen and deciduous depending on the species.

These low maintenance trees prefer well drained soil and full sun to thrive. They will grow very tall at full maturity with a widespread canopy. They can provide many landscapes with the shade they need. This being said, they have even wider root systems so their planting site should be chosen carefully.

The best time to plant an oak tree is in spring or fall so it has the whole growing season to establish.

Shop large oak trees for sale. You can buy oak trees online from our nursery and have them shipped to your home!

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Oak Tree Care

How to Plant an Oak Tree

When planting oak trees you want to make sure that they are a safe distance of 8-10 feet from any structures. Once you’ve chosen your planting site, you will want to dig a hole that's twice the size of the root ball. Next, add new well-draining soil to the bottom of the hole. Loosen the roots of the tree and place it in the hole. Backfill with the soil making sure the root ball is level with the ground.

How to Grow an Oak Tree

When growing an oak tree make sure that your tree is in a sunny area that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Once planted you will want to water your tree daily for the first month while it becomes established. From there watering can be limited to a few times a week. Lastly, fertilize your tree in early spring for maximum growth throughout the year. 

When to Prune Oak Trees

The best time to prune oak trees is in late winter or early spring while the oak tree is still dormant. This will prevent sap from oozing out and block out any pests and diseases from entering the open wound. Oak trees are deciduous and will drop their leaves in fall or winter. You will have the best visibility of the branches to create an attractive look. 

How to Prune an Oak Tree

Trimming oak trees is relatively easy! When the time comes around to prune your oak tree, always prune back dead or diseased branches to encourage healthy, new growth. Depending on the look you are going for, it is best to create an open vase center to allow for air circulation. You can make the branch structure into whatever desired shape you would like.

Best Fertilizer for Oak Trees

The best oak tree fertilizer is an all purpose one that will gradually release nutrients to the tree over time. We recommend our Slow Release Fertilizer that is high quality and pelletized. 

Do Oak Trees Produce Acorns Every Year

Some trees do produce acorns every year but typically, the trees will experience alternate bearing just like any other fruit or nut tree. Meaning you will have more acorns for some years and less during other years. Oak tree acorns from white oaks will produce acorns every year while acorns from red oak trees will produce every other year because they take 2 years to mature. 

When Do Oak Trees Produce Acorns

The oak tree life cycle begins at planting! It will take up to 20 years of growth for the oak tree to begin producing acorns. The tree will begin producing bushels of acorns around age 20. Peak acorn production is from 50 years old and up. 

How Fast Do Oak Trees Grow

We have fast growing oak trees! The oak tree growth rate is up to 2-3 feet per year once established. An annual application of fertilizer will help boost tree growth.  

How Tall Are Oak Trees

The average oak tree height is 40-80 feet tall and 30-50 feet wide. The oak tree size will depend on the oak tree variety you choose. Our Nuttall Oak gets massive at 60-80 feet tall and 35-50 feet wide. It is our tallest oak tree variety!

What to Plant Under Oak Trees

When landscaping under oak trees you want to pick plants that are shade tolerant.  Planting under oak trees isn’t always easy, but when you know what plants are best it’ll take the stress out of guessing. Here is a list of a few plants we think would work great under your oak tree: hosta, hydrangeas, and liriope

How Long Do Oak Trees Live

Oak trees can live for an extremely long time. The  Oak tree lifespan is up to 100-300 years old making them living giants!

When Do Oak Trees Bloom

Oak trees bloom in the spring to release their flowers and pollen right as spring temperatures warm up.

Do Oak Trees Lose Their Leaves?

There are both evergreen and deciduous oak trees. The deciduous oak trees in fall will lose their leaves and prepare for dormancy over winter. Some species like Live Oaks do not lose their leaves over winter but may experience leaf drop so the trees can put out new growth in spring. Oak trees in winter do go into a dormant state where active growth is not happening. Once spring hits, the trees will flush out with new sets of leaves to become beautiful oak trees!

Oak Tree Diseases

Oak trees aren't typically affected by pests or diseases. There are usually some telltale signs that your large oak tree is not doing well. Yellowing leaves, leaf drop at the wrong time, and decaying bark are among the symptoms of a sick oak tree. Some oak tree pests include tent caterpillars or borers which can affect the growth of your tree. As long as you take care of them as young oak trees and provide normal care and maintenance, your tree should grow tall and strong!