Willow Oak – Quercus phellos

Location: 7721-7725 Milan in tree lawn

Willow oak is a Missouri native occurring naturally only in the lowland wetlands of southeast Missouri. It is a handsome and large tree with leaves that are narrow and up to five inches long. Acorns take two years to mature and are small, about ½ inch long. They provide food for many animals including birds, deer and rodents. Native Americans used an inner bark tea medicinally to treat diarrhea, asthma, chapped skin and other ailments. Willow oak wood is used for furniture and railings as well as for fuel.

Beautifying University City, MO