Willow Oak - Quercus phellos
The five-inch glossy leaves of this medium-sized oak resemble willow leaves; they are bristle-tipped and widest near the middle. Growing as far west as eastern Texas, this southern oak ranges northward along the coast from Florida to New York, where it typically grows along streams, and in rich bottomlands. The acorns are rounded with a thick cap; they ripen in two years and, produced in abundance, are an important food source for mammals and birds. A rapid growth rate makes this a popular horticultural tree, and it is often planted alongside city streets.