“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
Every tree is different. Some are little more than bushes at their tallest, while others are meant to grow gigantic and form canopies in the sky. If you’re looking for a tree that will tower over your yard for decades to come, check out these varieties:
- Northern Red Oak: avg. 90 ft, exceptional specimens taller than 140 ft
Sometimes called the champion oak, the northern red oak (Quercus rubra) is native to North America and can be found growing wild almost anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains. In the forest, they grow over 100 ft tall. Grown in an open yard, they are likely to be more stout, but with heights still averaging about 70 ft tall. In spring and autumn, the red oak earns its name with bright red foliage. This tree puts down deep roots quickly, and is not easy to relocate once it’s been planted. However, a healthy Northern Red Oak may have a lifespan of 500 years, according to the USDA.