I think it about time I gave the oak its due. All this talk about Maple trees must be giving all other trees a complex or something.
The poor little neglected oak! So, what if it is now officially the national tree. It gets no recognition whatsoever during this time of year. It's all the maple with its flashy colors and the controversy--Ooh what a controversy! I, for one, want to change this.
Just look at the lovely leaves on Tommy's Pin oak. Yes, Julie--you know she's the one that started the entire maple tree controversy, right?--- it really, truly and definitely is a Pin oak. Not a red oak nor a white oak but a Pin oak.
See the pointy top? Dead give away. Doesn't it look lovely against that true-blue sky? I just love that!
Oh, but the leaves are special, don't you think? Such a unique, distinctive shape. Want to know a really odd thing about oaks? They rarely relinquish their foliage. It's true! The leaves, for the most part, stay on the tree all through winter. Not even our particularly nasty, blustering winter winds can dislodge them. It's a sight to behold, I'll tell you!
This is the only oak we have, and a sickly specimen it was when we first got it. For the longest time I called it Tom's Charlie Brown tree---really it was that pathetic! It must have been growing kind of sideways at the nursery so that all its branches were only on on side of the tree and it was leaning something odd indeed!
Well, Tommy straightened it out with a few well placed stakes and determination...a few season's growth didn't hurt, too. And now look at it! It's lovely indeed! A pretty pin oak in all its autumn Glory. Yes, I quite approve.