Oak Tree Species Found in North Carolina

Oak Tree Species Found in North Carolina

Oak trees are part of the beech family, and several different species are found in North Carolina.  They have a lifespan of 20o to 300 years and have a majestic appearance.  Oak trees are known for their hard and durable wood which is used to make furniture, flooring, construction material, and many other things.  They produce acorns that are mostly eaten by wildlife.  The following are some of the common species found in North Carolina.

Scarlet Oak

This is a red oak that is fast growing with bright red and burgundy fall foliage.  The scarlet oak grows to be 65 to 100 feet tall with leaves that can be seven inches long and five inches wide.  The acorns are small and green until they mature to a pale brown color in approximately 18 months.

Blackjack Oak

The blackjack oak is a smaller tree that grows 20 to 30 feet in height.  It has leathery green leaves that are 4 to 8 inches long with hairy, brownish undersides and three rounded lobes at the end giving it a bell shape.  The bark is blackish, and the wood is used for posts and fuel.

Willow Oak

The willow oak is part of the red oak group and grows from 65 to 100 feet high.  The leaves lack lobes and are 2 to 5 inches long and an inch wide with a bristle on the tip.  It can produce a large crop of acorns, which attracts squirrels.

Pin Oak

The pin oak is a fast-growing tree that reaches a height of 60 to 70 feet and three feet in diameter.  It has a shorter life span of around 120 years.  It has low branches and is sometimes call the Spanish oak.  The wood is frequently used in landscaping and other outdoor projects.

Live Oak

The live oak can grow up to 80 feet tall, spread its branches more than 120 feet across, and its roots can span 90 feet.  It does not become dormant during the winter months.  Their leaves are a stiff and leathery, shiny green on top and pale gray underneath.  They grow to be 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.  The acorn is small and grows singly or in clusters.

Each of these oak trees can add value and beauty to your home.  It is important to plant it with enough room for the roots to grow without causing any damage to your home.  If you have any questions about oak tree care, call Integrity Tree Care today.

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