Willow Oak

Quercus phellos

Other Common Names:
Peach Oak, Pin Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak

Under Power Lines:
No—this tree is not approved for planting under power lines.

Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 6 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.

A strong and beautiful street tree with willow-like leaves that performs very well in the urban environment.  

Mature Height:
60 feet

Mature Spread:
40 feet

Distinctive narrow willow-like leaves with a glossy finish. Yellow to orange-bronze foliage in fall.


Cultural Notes:
Prefers full sun and moist and well-drained soils, but adapts well to a wide range of habitats.

Potential Problems:
No serious diseases or pests.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 20 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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