Willow Oak Tree

Willow Oak Tree

3 reviews
  • Fast growth rate

  • Attractive foliage

  • Shade tree

  • Tolerates air pollution

Regular price $119.95

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  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X


The beautiful Quercus phellos, commonly called Willow Oak Tree, is easy to grow and a wonderful addition to any landscape!

This deciduous tree has willow shaped leaves that are glossy light green in color and a very fast growth rate. The oak quercus phellos is a member of the red oak group. Willow Oak’s leaf gets the name from its long, willow-like leaves. It is native to North America and is commonly found in the eastern and central United States.

Mature willow Oak trees produce small acorns 1/2 inch to 1 inch in size. These nuts attract squirrels and birds to your landscape. Acorn production begins after 15 years of age and continues as the tree matures.

Yellowish green flowers will bloom beginning in April as its bristle tipped leaves begin to reappear. The slender leaves turn a bright yellow brown before falling to the ground in autumn. The green leaves are 2-8 inches long and can grow medium to large in size and provide excellent fall colors.


Trees can typically grow in medium to moist, well-drained soil conditions and full sun. But it will also tolerate a wide range of soil types and planting sites like light shade, clay soils, acidic soils, and wet soils or soils with poor drainage.

Since it’s especially attractive due to its ability to tolerate air pollution, therefore a common street tree along with many U.S. cities from New York, Washington DC, and south to Florida. It is also natively found in these areas as well.

These shade trees are fast growing during the spring and summer months. The willow oak can reach up to 40 to 75 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide at maturity making it a huge shade tree! The willow oak growth rate is up to 2 feet per year.

No need for pruning willow oak trees! The only exception is if another branch is competing for growth against the central leader. Read more about basic pruning.

Willow Oak grows across the United States in USDA growing zones 5-9. Plant it somewhere it can grow for the long term. Water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. It is fairly drought tolerant once established in ideal conditions.

Shop the Willow Oak tree for sale or check out other Oak tree varieties we have to offer.

Shipping information

Once your Willow Oak Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Quercus phellos

Full Sun

Flower Color
Yellow, green

Foliage Color

Mature Width
30-40 ft

Mature Height
40-75 ft

Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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The packing was the best I've ever seen. The tree was completely leafed out and the planting media was moist. I planted the tree immediately upon arrival 3 weeks ago. Since then new buds and leaves have broken out on many of the existing branches.

Martha R.

I bought these willow oaks for the acorns and the wildlife in my yard!! Only time will tell



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