When do white oak leaves drop in Minnesota?

Asked February 13, 2018, 7:25 PM EST

I want to plant some trees in my full-sun yard. I want the leaves to drop so the sun can shine on my house in the winter, even if it is 20-30 years before shade would be a problem. When do white oak leaves drop? Is there a variety of white oak that drops early? If they drop late or don't drop at all (curse you red oak, among other reasons) do you have any suggestions? My other thoughts are locust, red maple, or maybe a hackberry.

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1 Response

You may want to try something other than oaks. Locust give you dappled shade. Red maple has large leaves that drop quite late in the fall. Sometimes not until into winter. Before you purchase a tree, please read through this publication on how to choose your tree. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/landscaping/maint/trees.html Then please go to this web page listing trees and their mature size, etc. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/fitting-trees-and-shrubs-into-the-landsc... Finally, go to a full service garden center in the spring and physically look at the trees. Trees are a long term investment. You want to get the right one for the right place.