Have you been marveling at the oak trees in the park or your backyard? Are you curious to learn more about these diverse and magnificent trees? Check out this fact page and growing guide from trees.com (https://www.trees.com/oak-trees#fun-facts) to learn more about oak trees, including details on many species and their surprising number of uses.

Few of us who live among oak trees haven’t been inspired at some point by their beauty. According to trees.com, there are 90 species of oak trees (genus Quercus) in the U.S. and over 600 throughout the world. In the United States, oaks range from scrubby mountain-dwellers in the West to the massive, stately specimens that populate Eastern and Southern deciduous forests. Did you know that acorns can be used to make flour and trail mix? Or that oak trees on one’s property can increase the value of a home by one percent or more? Oaks are one of Meg Lowman’s favorite trees (discussed in her new book The Arbornaut) and they are also America’s national tree!

If you would like to know even more about oaks make sure to head over to  https://www.trees.com/oak-trees#fun-facts. The diversity and utility of the oak tree will astound you!

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Laurel Oak (Quercus laurifolia). Image source: trees.com