The Pin Oak is one of the most popular oak varieties for landscaping. It has a faster growth rate than most oaks, and its branches grow in an attractive pyramidal shape. Pin Oak trees will tolerate wet soils and sulfur dioxide, so this species does well in urban areas. The foliage is a glossy dark green in the summer that turns reddish brown in autumn.
The Willow Oak is fast-growing oak. It transplants well and grows into a large shade tree with a rounded form. Willow Oak trees prefer well-drained acidic soil and full sun. These hardy trees are disease and pest resistant. The leaves are light green in spring, dark green in summer and yellow to russet-red in fall.
Red Oak Trees
A fast-growing oak that thrives in many climates, the Red Oak is a favorite ornamental tree. Its trunk grows straight, and the crown is rounded. Red Oak trees do best in acidic rich sandy soil and tolerate air pollution. The leaves have pointed lobes and turn a red or rusty brown in the fall.
Chestnut Oak Trees
The Chestnut Oak is often used when landscaping steep, rocky areas. Chestnut Oak trees can be identified by their silvery-white bark and their chestnut-shaped leaves. Chestnut Oak trees grow faster than most oaks and prefer dry well-drained soil. Famous for its durability, it does well on construction sites if planted and cared for properly. Chestnut Oak leaves turn orange-yellow to yellow-brown in autumn.