Water Oak Tree Care: Growing Water Oak Trees In The Landscape
A water oak tree is a small evergreen tree native to North America with white or pink flowers. They grow up to 5 feet tall and have slender branches which make them look like they’re floating in the air. They are known for their fragrant blooms and are often used as ornamental trees in gardens, parks, lawns, and other areas where there’s space.
The Water Oak Tree is a hardy plant that can survive harsh conditions such as drought, heat waves, cold snaps, hurricanes and floods. They need lots of sunlight to thrive so they prefer moist soil. However, if you live in an area with very dry summers then you may want to consider growing your own water oak tree from seedlings instead. You will still get plenty of light though!
Growing Water Oaks in Your Garden
If you’ve never grown one before, it might take some time and patience but once you do, you’ll realize how easy it is. If you’re looking to start a new garden or just want to add another shade tree into your landscape then this is the perfect choice for you. A water oak tree will provide a nice addition to any landscaping project because they are so versatile and adaptable. Plus they are easy to maintain and they look great!
You don’t have to spend a fortune on these plants either. If you buy them when they are seedlings then you can easily find them for under $10. They often times sell them at roadside farm stands in the spring time too. Just make sure you buy healthy plants that aren’t damaged or dead. Follow these simple instructions and your tree should thrive for many years to come!
Step 1: First, you’ll need to find a nice spot in your yard or garden to plant your tree. You should choose an area that gets full sun and has moist soil. If you don’t have either of these features then you’ll need to create them first. Water Oaks do not like “wet feet” so the soil should be damp, not saturated.
Step 2: Carefully dig a hole in the ground and place your seedling inside. Be careful not to damage the roots. You want the root base to be as wide as the container it was growing in, if not a little wider. This will ensure that there are enough nutrients in the soil to sustain the tree. Add a few inches of compost or aged manure into the hole and mix it with the soil.
Step 3: Gently firm the soil around the roots making sure there are no air pockets. Water the soil until it is well saturated and let it drain. Do not water again until the topsoil is dry.
Step 4: Your tree should be placed in an area that gets full sun so it can thrive and grow to its full potential. If you start seeing any yellowing of the leaves then you’ll need to move it into an area that gets shade during the afternoon. This can be done by simply planting it further away from the edge of your property or by using an artificial shade screen. This is particularly important if you live in a hot, dry climate.
Step 5: Be patient! It can take up to two full years for your tree to become fully acclimated to its new environment but after that you’ll enjoy many years of beauty and shade from your new Water Oak!
If you have any problems with your trees, don’t be afraid to ask one of our friendly consultants for help. We are happy to assist you with whatever questions or concerns you may have.