4 Fun Facts about Oak Trees

4 Fun Facts about Oak Trees


New Jersey's state tree is the northern red oak, which is a beautiful native specimen that has been known to grow 140 feet tall. It is beloved by folks in New Jersey for its spectacular showing of crimson leaves each fall. In total, there are around 500 species of oak. If you have any type of oak on your property that needs care, our local arborists at Woodpecker Tree Service can expertly handle the job. Our crew of nearby arborists specialize in pruning, trimming, and cutting down big trees. Here are four interesting facts about oak trees.

Long Lifespan

The Seven Sisters oak tree in Mandeville, LA is believed by some to be the oldest oak tree in the world. It is estimated to be around 1,500 years old. Oak trees generally aren't considered old until they've reached the age of 700. They usually start to descend toward death at about age 1,000.

Ancient Trees

Oak trees first existed about 65 million years ago, around the late cretaceous period, which is when the dinosaurs went extinct. They've survived all of these millions of years in large part because of their acorns, which provide highly protective shells for their seeds. Also, acorns have tannins that deter insects.

Truffle Trees

Despite plenty of effort, farmers have struggled to figure out how to grow truffles, which are an extremely valuable commodity. Truffles, however, do grow along the roots of oak trees. Those who aim to grow truffles plant a number of oak trees and then hope that they'll get lucky with truffle growth.

Wine Barrels

Oak is considered to be the best wood for wine barrels. However, there are differences between American and French oaks that lend to different tasting notes in each country's wines. American oak barrels are known to add flavors of vanilla and sweet spice, while French oak barrels lend notes of savory spice and dark chocolate.

If you have an oak tree on your property that needs care, be sure to get in touch with a reputable arborist. For an arborist in Wharton and Paterson, NJ, contact Woodpecker Tree Service at (973) 607-2549. Feel free to give us a call today to request a free arborist estimate in Paterson, NJ!


Woodpecker Tree Service Blog
Posted: June 30, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ