How Much Does an Oak Tree Cost?
Oak trees come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for one for your yard or growing one from a seedling, the costs will depend on the size, species, quality and where it’s being purchased from.
How much is it?
- According to NatureHills.com and the State of Minnesota, there are many types of oak trees. A Black Oak, for example, will range anywhere from $15 to $25 for a tree anywhere from 6 to 18 inches tall.
- A Bur Oak will cost $20 to $100.
- A Chestnut Oak will cost anywhere from $13 to $35.
- A Cherrybark will vary anywhere from $15 to $25.
- A Northern Red Oak will cost anywhere from an average of $15 to $60.
- A Nuttall Oak can cost as much as $20 to $40.
- A Pin Oak ranges from $16 to $100.
- A Sawtooth Oak costs anywhere from $10 to $90.
- A Southern Red Oak will run anywhere from $9 to $45.
- A Swamp Oak can cost $20 to $70.
- A Water Oak can be as much as $15 to $30.
- A Willow Oak can cost as much as $12 to $35.
- The seeds can cost anywhere from $1 to $10 per 100 seeds.
- A mature oak tree taller than 10 feet can start at $1,000 and go from there. The cost of a larger tree will depend on the diameter.
- A forum member on TexAgs.com was quoted about $3,500 an oak tree with a 14-inch diameter.
What is going to be included?
- If you purchase an oak tree from a nursery online, they will more than likely include a pot compacted with soil to keep the tree fresh.
- Some nurseries may also include a small supply of tree fertilizer to jump start the growth of the tree.
Types of oak trees
- Red Oak Trees – These species include willow, black, Japanese evergreen oak, water oak and pin oak. These trees will have red leaves with pointed lobes and tiny bristles on the tip. It can take up to two years for the acorns to mature.
- White Oak Trees – These species include chinkapin, pot oak, blur oak and white oak. The leaves are white with a rounded and smooth look. These acorns can mature in one year and will sprout as soon as they fall to the ground.
What are the extra costs?
- Purchasing from a nursery online may incur some shipping charges. The larger the tree is, the more you’re going to have to pay.
- If you want to get the tree planted by a professional, this can cost upwards of a few hundred dollars. Use sites such as ServiceMagic to find contractors in your area.
- In the future, the cost to remove a large oak tree can be anywhere from $150 to more than $1,500.
- Trimming an oak tree as it grows beyond 20 feet can cost between $200 to $1,000.
Tips to know:
- Oak trees can live up to more than 200 years. The trunk’s circumference can also grow to more than 32 feet. This is why it’s important to plan before planting this tree to ensure it will have the appropriate amount of room to grow.
- A mature oak tree can draw more than 50 gallons of water per day. It’s important these trees are giving the proper amount of nutrients, sun and plant food to ensure that they grow properly. If it doesn’t produce the appropriate amount of nutrients, the tree won’t grow.
- Once the tree gets to be about 20 years old, it will start to produce acorns. It’s not uncommon to see them reach the age of 50 before producing them. Once the tree gets close to the age of 80, the tree will start to product thousands of acorns.
- Before planting, determine the oak tree’s growth and make sure it won’t grow into any nearby obstacles such as power lines.
- Before planting, test the soil’s pH level to see if its adequate enough to grow an oak tree. It’s also best to determine how much sun your tree will receive. These trees will need, at a minimum, at least four to six hours of sun.
How can I save money?
- Consider comparing prices at various nurseries as you’re going to find that they will all vary in price.
- The larger the tree is, the more you’re going to pay. If you have the patience to watch your tree grow, consider starting it young.