Ranking Types of Trees

Isabella Sanford, Reporter

  There are many types of trees in the world, ranging from basic Oaks to fancier trees such as a Honey Locust tree. These are the top 5 trees of the world depending on size, looks and location.

   Coming in at 5th place, there is the Yellow Birch. It is most commonly found in New York State but not on Long Island. When they are young, they are bright, silvery and yellowish in color, but when they are old they are dark, reddish brown in color. 

   Next up in 4th place, there’s the Red Maple. The Red Maple is the most common deciduous tree in the eastern and central part of the United States. The tree can grow 40’-60’ tall and a spread of 40’. The leaves are normally white or pale green, but during the fall and winter months the leaves turn a bright red or orange color.

   In 3rd place, there is the Magnolia. The Magnolia can be a small, 8’ tree to a large, 70’ tall tree with a spread of 50’. This tree flowers at different times depending on which part of the world it’s in, but more commonly blooms from late winter to early summer. The Magnolia tree is native to the more subtropical and tropical locations, such as the Caribbean, southeastern Asia, and parts of South America.

   Coming in at 2nd place, there’s the Oak trees. There are approximately 500 different types of Oak trees, such as the Willow oak, White Oak, English Oak and Scarlet Oak. These trees can range from dark brown and black bark to lighter brown. They can grow at many different heights, but most commonly 40’ to 100’. The leaves can be a pale green and very thin to a dark green and very thick feeling leaf. 

   Finally, in 1st place there is the Weeping Willow. Weeping Willows are a small type of tree, but not as small as the Magnolia can get with a height of 30’-40’ and a spread of 35’ at full maturity. It is native to dry areas in northern China, but can be found in southwestern Asia and Europe and sometimes in North America. They grow very fast during the year, around 3’-4’ or more if the year is rainy. Keeping the branches off the ground is an important step to maintaining these trees, and because of the weeping branches, cutting the branches back in late winter to early spring is a good way to keep them from hitting the ground.