Quercus buckleyi | Fort Collins
The Fort Collins arborist chose Texas Red Oak for its good drought tolerance, adaptability to alkaline soil, great fall color, and moderate size. It is common for people to demand that the trees they plant grow quickly. Often this idea is not thought through, as the tree rapidly grows beyond a desirable size. But slower-growing trees are often much stronger and more long-lived than fast-growing trees, in addition to achieving manageable urban sizes. This arborist was wise, and chose for excellent long term traits, knowing these trees will be serving his city far beyond his own lifetime.