My wish list contains an oak tree. Not a Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) like this majestic beauty in the park nearby, but a scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea).
Scarlet oaks grow on dry, sandy uplands. That sounds just like my garden! And the colour the leaves produce in fall is said to be an even richer red than others in the red oak family.
You can recognize the red oaks by their pointed rather than rounded leaf tips (the latter belong to the white oak family). The scarlet oak has among the finer, more deeply lobed leaves in the group.
I look forward to joining the folks who complain about their oak leaves not breaking down as quickly as leaves such as my (not so) beloved Norway maples. Just the excuse I need to invest in a leaf shredder to turn my leaves into lovely mulch. Perhaps I’ll put that on my wish list, too.