John Baughman’s favorite tree was planted by his mother, Matilda Baughman, 50 years ago in Bon Air. This willow oak (Quercus phellos) shades their house most of the year. Willow oaks have bright green willow-like leaves that turn to russet in fall. Known for its rapid growth and longevity, this tree is a good landscaping tree. It also produces a lot of acorns, making it an important species for wildlife.