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Posted by Tammy Sons on Mar 01, 2022
Although oak trees thrive all across North America, people in Tennessee tend to favor certain varieties for landscaping and timber harvests. Oaktree favorites produce lovely fall foliage, maximize shade for leisure enjoyment, and prove highly profitable when harvesting the lumber.
As an experienced TN plant nursery, we provide a complete inventory of popular oak trees for landscaping and commercial planting. Consider the following if you are planning a reforestation project or want to integrate a sturdy oak into your landscape.
Every variety of oak trees shares specific characteristics. These include growing for upwards of 30 years before producing acorns and life expectancies that can exceed 1,000 years. The broad sweeping leaf-covered limbs provide shade for people, and they remain a vital food resource for insects and wildlife creatures such as squirrels. The leaves also add to the rich foliage colors during autumn.
Timber outfits typically harvest oak trees between 20-30 years for the valuable and dense lumber used in construction, furniture, and wine barrels, among others. Following a clear-cutting, property owners replant with oak tree seedlings to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Oak trees tend to resist pest infestations and blight well, making them a reliable timber resource. In TN, red and white oaks usually provide the best return on investment for the logging industry.
The oak tree family comprises approximately 600 members if you include hybrid varieties. In TN, there are only a handful of native oaks because certain types may not withstand the frigid winters or acclimate to soil conditions. As a result, our TN nursery stocks only oak trees that flourish in the region. Property owners often take advantage of the benefits these oak tree favorites deliver.
Black Oak Trees: This variety of the Red Oak family can mature to 50 feet tall at a rate of 18-22 inches annually. Many consider Black Oaks landscaping darlings for several reasons. Its leaves emerge in spring and remain late into fall, turning eye-catching shades of red and orange. The tree develops a large canopy-like crown that provides ample shade. Black Oak trees also thrive in direct sunlight, making them popular.
We hope this information proves helpful in narrowing down your oak tree decisions. If you have additional questions or are ready to purchase your favorite oak trees, contact our TN nursery today.