The oak tree family includes several hundred species. Most of the species are deciduous but there are a number of evergreens such as the Live Oak which is grown in southern areas of the United States. Oak trees are important for their wood and lumber production. The wood is durable, tough, and attractively grained. Oak flooring or oak cabinets display the grain qualities of oak wood quite stunningly. Oak trees are magnificent shade trees. These hardwood trees stand strong against nature’s elements such as wind. Many have attractive fall color and some have good winter interest with twisted branching and ridged bark. As a general rule, oak leaves remain on the tree longer in the fall than other trees such as maples, and thus provide for a longer fall show of colorful fall foliage.