Fall Color from Oaks and Nut Trees

Fall Color from Oaks and Nut Trees
The oaks and nut trees can bring beautiful fall color. Here are profiles for some species.

Shagbark Hickory

Shagbark hickory is also known as shellbark hickory. has beautiful yellow fall color. This is native to the East. Hardy to zone our, this is generally 60 to 100 feet in height with a spread of 30 to 40 feet.

The tree Is named for the shaggy gray bark. Shagbark hickory is native over much of the East westward to Minnesota, and Texas. The shell is relatively thin, while the nut is very sweet.


Black Oak

Black oak is also known as yellow oak. It has lovely red leaves in the fall. The very large tree, a hundred feet or more in height, is one of the largest trees in the North. The columnar plant is hardy to zone 4. The bark has been used as a dye source. The inner bark is orange-yellow. Black oak is found over much of the East westward to Texas.


Pin Oak

Pin oak brings lovely red fall color. It is among the loveliest of the oaks. This has a dense pyramidal shape and is often cultivated. Give this tree plenty of room because the low growing branches sweep the ground.

This is hardy to zone 4. It is native to the East, Midwest, and Central States. The tree is 75 to 90 feet tall in the wild, but is smaller when cultivated. With horizontal branching, it is grown as a shade and street tree.


Red Oak

Red oak is a source of red fall color. It has a somewhat fast growth rate. Widely grown, this tree is native to the Central states and the Northeast.

The tree is generally 60 to 75 feet in height with a spread of 50 feet. In the wild, the tree can be over a hundred feet tall. The round topped tree creates open shade.

The hairy leaves, gray beneath, have 3 to 11 lobes. Red oak is hardy to zone 3.


Scarlet Oak

This cylindrical, upright tree has very bright scarlet to red, shiny leaves in the fall. The tree is native to the East and Central states. This open crowned tree can be hard to transplant.

It is hardy to zone 4. Scarlet oak is 50 to 80 feet in height. The oblong leaves with 7 to 9 lobes are up to six inches long.





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