Plant of the Week
Monterrey oak, also called Mexican white oak, is in the white oak family, which means that it is resistant to oak wilt. It's also a fast-growing, yet long-lived tree, two characteristics we don't often see in the same tree. With a little moisture and fertilizer, Monterrey oak will grow quite rapidly to shade a large area. It gets to be about 30-40' high with a similar spread. It has a rather leathery leaf that emerges in spring in an attractive bronze color.
Another thing to recommend it is that it's very flexible about soil. It likes a little bit of soil depth, but it'll grow on a fairly marginal soil quite well, too.