we have red and sugar maple here. some one gave me some red oak leaves for my compost pile. last year i noticed a little seedling came out behind my compost pile not far from where that black willow was so im letting it grow. oak isn’t native up here so its a treat to have one in your yard. from what ive read red oak is pretty fast growing. being near the compost pile i think it will do well there. spruce, balsam fir, larch, and white cedar are more dominate in the lowlands up here. the hills its more maple, birch , hemlock, aspen and beech.