Oak Tree Seeds

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Q1 Sawtooth Oak ( Quercus Accustissima )
Sawtooth Oak is an attractive, large, deciduous tree, 50 feet in height or taller with a rounded, broad, pyramidal shape (Fig. 1). The leaves are similar to chestnut (Castanea) and have small bristles at the edges. New spring leaves are an attractive bright yellow-green and fall color varies from dull yellow to brown.
The trunk and bark of Sawtooth Oak are gray-brown and deeply furrowed. The trunk flares out at the base lifting sidewalks and curbing if planted in tree lawns less than USDA hardiness zones: 5B through 9A . Origin: not native to North America Uses: large parking lot islands ( 200 square feet in size ); wide tree lawns ( 6 feet wide ); recommended for buffer strips around parking lots or for median strip plantings in the highway; shade tree; specimen; residential street tree; tree has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common. Native to Himalayas, China and Japan.
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Q11 Gobbler Oak ( Quercus Accustissima Gobbler )
Great choice to plant for wildlife the turkeys love them. The gobbler sawtooth oak is just a smaller sawtooth oak producing smaller acorns that birds and turkeys can eat. Known for rapid growth and heavy production.
The Gobbler Sawtooth Oak is one of the fastest growing of the Oak trees. It can grow to 50 feet and has a 60 foot broad, rounded crown. The seven inch glossy, dark green leaves are lance-shaped and fill the tree out nicely. The bark is grey-black and forms attractive ridges as the tree ages.

When fall arrives, the foliage will turn a yellow-brown that provides a more subtle backdrop for the showier foliage colors in your yard.
Gobbler Sawtooth Oaks are often grown for their appeal to wildlife, as the tree produces large acorns in abundance. The Sawtooth produces acorns sooner than other oak trees.
The Gobbler Sawtooth is drought, heat and humidity tolerant, pest resistant and generally considered a low maintenance tree.
The Gobbler Oak is a slightly smaller Sawtooth Oak offspring which was developed specifically to have smaller, easier to eat acorns available for wildlife animals to eat. Gobbler Oaks begin to form acorns in 5 years, earlier than other oaks and can grow up to 40' tall.
The Gobbler Oak tree is sun loving and drought resistant. The autumn color change ranges from yellow to yellow-brown. The canopy of the tree's limb spread is very wide and making a lot of excellent, deep shade that is low lying.
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Q2 Coast Live Oak ( Quercus Agrifolia )
Good for zones 9-10. Spreading, Evergreen tree with reddish brown to gray colored bark and dark green spiny toothed leaves. Mature tree can reach 70 ft tall and spread to 50 ft. wide. Native to California.
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Q3 White Oak ( Quercus Alba )
Good for zones 3-8. the white oak, is one of the pre-eminent hardwoods of eastern North America. Native to eastern North America and found from southern Quebec west to eastern Minnesota and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. Specimens have been documented to be over 450 years old.
Although called a white oak, it is very unusual to find an individual specimen with white bark; the usual color is a light gray. In the forest it can reach a magnificent height and in the open it develops into a massive broad-topped tree with large branches striking out at wide angles.
The tallest known white oak is 144 feet tall. It is not unusual for a white oak tree to be as wide as it is tall, but specimens growing at high altitudes may only become small shrubs. White oaks have been known to live up to six hundred years. The bark is a light ash-gray and peels somewhat from the top, bottom and/or sides.
In spring the young leaves are of a delicate, silvery pink and covered with a soft, blanket-like down. The petioles are short, and the leaves which cluster close to the ends of the shoots are pale green and downy with the result that the entire tree has a misty, frosty look. This condition continues for several days, passing through the opalescent changes of soft pink, silvery white and finally yellow green.
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Q4 Swamp White Oak ( Quercus bicolor )
Good for zones 4-9. One of the fastest growing oaks, forms a large canopy and prefers moist sites. Transplants easily and offers wildlife food as well as bening an excellent landscape specimen. Mature tree can reach 70-100 ft tall and spread to 50-70 ft. wide. Native to North America.
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Q5 Northern Red Oak ( Quercus Borealis )
Good for zones 4-8. Fast growing, deciduous, spreading tree with smooth, grayish bark and dark green leaves that display beautiful autumn colors in fall. Likes acidic soil. Mature tree can reach 80 ft tall and spread to 70 ft. wide. Native to North America.
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Q6 Turkish Oak ( Quercus cerris )
Good for zones 7-9. Fast growing, spreading deciduous tree with varying degrees of gray-white bark splitting into thick slabs. Dark green leaves with pale green underneath that turn yellow and brown in autumn. Mature tree can reach 100 ft tall and spread to 80 ft. wide. Native to Europe.
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Q10 Scarlet Oak ( Quercus coccinea )
Hardy to zones 4-9. Native to eastern and central United States. Trees develop good color, that can be spectacular. Russet to scarlet color develops very late in fall. A large, deciduous tree growing 75' tall and 45' wide, upright to rounded shape at maturity. Old trunk can develop an irregular loose and open crown.
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Q64 Canyon Oak ( Quercus Crysolepis )
Spreading, evergreen tree with whitish gray or red tinted bark and spiny-toothed, leathery, shining, dark green leaves to 3" long. Bears solitary acorns in spiny cups. Grows 70 ft. tall and spreads to 30 ft. Hardy to zones 7-9. Produces very large acorns.
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Q45 Blue Oak ( Quercus douglassi )
Spreading, deciduous tree with a rounded, dense, symmetrical crown and white-gray bark with small brown or red scales. The oblong, deeply 3-5 lobed mid-green leaves are about 3" long and become blue-green as they mature. Grows to 65 ft. tall and spreads to 40 ft. Good for zones 6-9.
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Q42 Northern Pin Oak ( Quercus Ellipsoidlis )
Also known as Hill's Oak. Good for zones 5-8. A medium-sized oak to 75 ft. with many forked branches forming a crown 3/4 the height.
Although the common name suggests an resemblance to the pin oak Q. palustris, Q. ellipsoidalis has traditionally been thought to be closely related to the scarlet oak Q. coccinea, and was in fact included in that species by many botanists. Recent work suggests that there is more gene flow between Hill's oak and black oak Q. velutina, but the phylogenetic position of these species is still uncertain (Hipp and Weber 2008). The morphological similarity between Q. ellipsoidalis and Q. coccinea remains a source of confusion, especially in northwestern Indiana and southern Cook County, Illinois.
Bark dark gray-brown with shallow fissures producing thin plates, inner bark orange in color. Twigs are first covered with hairs and then become smooth and reddish-brown; terminal buds are a shiny reddishbrown with scales ciliated along the margin, slightly angled in cross section.
Leaves smooth petiole 3/4 - 2 inches, leaves are elliptical, 2 3/4 - 5 1/8 inches long, and 2 - 4 inches wide, the base is truncate and the apex is acute, margins have 5 - 7 deep lobes extending more than 1/2 the distance to midrib with bristlepointed teeth, upper surface is a shiny light green and paler below with minute axillary tufts of tomentum along the midvein. Leaves a scarlet red in the fall. Dried leaves remain through winter.
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Q13 Cherrybark Oak ( Quercus falcata var. pagodaefolia )
Good for zones 6-9. Fast growing, spreading deciduous tree with attractive cherry tree type bark. Dark green leaves with gray underneath. Mature tree can reach 50 ft tall and spread to 40 ft. wide. Native to SE US.
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Q66 Gambel Oak ( Quercus gambelii )
Good for zones 6-9. Also called scrub oak due to it's small size, this is a good oak for patio plants or as a yard oak where small size is require.
Native Rocky Mountain oak with a shrubby growth habit but also grows as a small tree to 30'. Glossy, leathery, deeply lobed leaves turn bronze to yellow in fall. Tolerates drought and high pH soils. 15-30' high, 12-20' wide. Zones 3-7
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Q14 Oregon White Oak ( Quercus garryana )
Good for zones 7-9. Rounded, deciduous tree with cracked, pale grey bark. Glossy, dark green leaves. Bears sweet, edible acorns. Mature tree can reach 30 ft tall and spread to 30 ft. wide. Native to Western North America.
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Q15 Holly Oak ( Quercus Ilex )
Good for zones 7-9. Rounded evergreen tree with smooth dark gray bark and lanced shaped, dark glossy green leaves. Mature tree can reach 80 ft tall and spread to 70 ft. wide. Native to SW Europe.
It is a medium-size tree 20-27 m tall with finely square-fissured blackish bark and leathery evergreen leaves. The old leaves fall 1-2 years after new leaves emerge. The leaves are dark green above and pale whitish-grey with dense short hairs below. The leaf shape is variable, the adult leaves are entire, 4-8 cm long and 1-3 cm broad, while those on the lower branches of young trees are often larger (to 10 cm long), and are toothed or somewhat spiny. This is presumed to be for protection from grazing animals. In this, the foliage resembles that of the common European Holly Ilex aquifolium, and this resemblance has led to its common and botanic names. The name ilex is originally the classical Latin name for the Holm Oak, but was later also used as a botanical genus name for the hollies.
The wood is hard and tough, used since ancient times for general construction purposes as pillars, tools, wagons, vessels, and wine casks. Used as well as firewood, or in charcoal manufacture.
The Holly Oak is one of the top three trees used in the establishment of truffle orchards, or truffieres. Truffles grow in an ectomycorrhizal association with the tree's roots.
The acorns, like those of the Cork Oak, are edible (toasted or as a flour), and are an important food for free-range pigs reared for serrano ham production. Boiled in water, the acorns can also be used as a medicinal treatment for injury dis-infections.
It can be clipped to form a tall hedge, and it is suitable for coastal windbreaks, in any well drained soil. It forms a picturesque rounded head, with pendulous low-hanging branches. Its size and solid evergreen character gives it an imposing architectural presence that makes it valuable in many urban and garden settings.
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Q17 Shingle Oak ( Quercus imbricaria )
Native to eastern, central and southern U.S., best for zones 8-5. Grows 50 to 75' tall, pyramidal in youth, oval, rounded or gum drop-shaped when mature. Branching is upright and spreading, lower branches can hang down much like pin oak. Wood is famous for it's use in making wooden shingles in the past.
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Q18 California Black Oak ( Quercus kelloggii )
Good for zones 6-8. Slow growing, spreading, deciduous tree with ridged dark brown bark. Glossy, dark green leaves to 10 inches long. Large decorative acorns are nested in fringed cups. Mature tree can reach 50 ft tall and spread to 30 ft. wide. Native to Eastern US.
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Q61 Laurel Oak ( Quercus laurifolia )
Good for zones 6-9. Quercus laurifolia (Swamp laurel oak, Diamond-leaf oak, Water oak, Obtusa oak, Laurel oak) is a medium sized deciduous or semi-evergreen oak in the red oak section Quercus sect. Lobatae. It is native to the southeast of the United States, from coastal Virginia to central Florida and west to southeast Texas.
Swamp laurel oak grows rapidly and usually matures in about 50 years which has led to its wide use as an ornamental. Laurel oak is considered to be a low-maintence tree with good pest resistance.
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Q20 Valley Oak ( Quercus Lobata )
Good for zones 6-8. Slow growing, spreading, deciduous tree with deeply furrowed, gray to brown bark. Ovate, dark green leaves to 3 inches long. Sweet, edible acorns. Mature tree can reach 50 ft tall and spread to 45 ft. wide. Native to California.
The Valley oak (Quercus lobata) is the largest of North American oaks. It ranges over the hot interior valleys of California. Mature specimens may attain an age of up to 600 years. This deciduous oak requires year-round access to groundwater.
Its grand stature was noted by early pioneers. Today it is an attractive addition to the California landscape.
Its thick, ridged bark is characteristic and evokes alligator hide. The Valley oak's felt-like deeply lobed leaves assist in rapid identification.
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Q21 Overcup Oak ( Quercus Lyrata )
Good for zones 5-8. Fast growing, deciduous tree with rounded crown and red-brown tinted bark, which breaks into huge plates. Dark green, 7-8 inch leaves with hairy underneath. Gray-woolly cups cover top two thirds or more of the spherical, chestnut brown acorns. Mature tree can reach 100 ft tall and spread to 60 ft. wide. Native to Southern and Central US.
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Q22 Bur Oak ( Quercus macrocarpa )
These are the small variety of Bur Oak. Seeds are about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Good for zones 6-8. Slow growing, spreading, deciduous tree with ridged dark brown bark. Glossy, dark green leaves to 10 inches long. Decorative acorns are nested in fringed cups ( we ship seeds only, the caps have been removed for better germination ). Mature tree can reach 50 ft tall and spread to 30 ft. wide. Native to Eastern US.
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Q51 Burenglish Oak ( Quercus macrocarpa x robur )
Good for zones 4-8. Grows too 70'. Fast growing hybrid, forms large open crown. Expect 2-4' of growth per year once established. Alkaline soil adaptable. Produces good crops of acorns annually.
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Q41 Rocky Mountain White Oak ( Quercus macrocarpa gambelii )
Also known as Gambel Oak. Rocky Mountain White Oak is a small, informal, deciduous tree that is best used in a mass planting. It can be used to screen parking lots and undesirable views.
Due to its small size, growing only about 20-25 feet tall, it fits well on residential lots. Does not need irrigation and is adaptable to harsh growing conditions. It can be planted or maintained in natural or wildland type areas of the landscape. Gambel oak is a long lived plant with good wind resistance.
Good for zones 5-9. Drought tolerant native oak of the Rocky Mountains. Shrubby to tall, rounded crown. Excellent wildlife food, browse and acorns. Beautiful fall color .
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Q50 Blackjack Oak ( Quercus marilandica )
Good for zones 6-9. Slow growing, spreading, deciduous tree with ridged dark brown bark. Glossy, dark green, unique shaped leaves to 6 inches long. Large decorative acorns are nested in cups enclosing 1/3 of the acorn. Mature tree can reach 50 ft tall and spread to 30 ft. wide. Native to US.
The Blackjack oak grows in poor, thin, dry, rocky or sandy soils where few other woody plants can thrive, usually on low ground, from sea level up to 900 m altitude. It does not have the beautiful form of many oaks, but is nonetheless a valuable tree for growing in problem sites. It is sometimes an understory tree in pine stands on sandy knolls in the southeastern USA. Along the coastal plain of New Jersey the probability of finding this species is increased in relatively sunny, open areas such as those near coastal salt marshes. It often occurs near Scarlet and Post Oaks as well as Pitch Pine; understory companions include winged sumac, bracken, sweetfern, and bayberry.
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Q63 Swamp Chestnut Oak ( Quercus michauxii )
Good for zones 4-10. Swamp chestnut oak is named for French botanist, Frances A. Michaux, who wrote a three volume treatise on the trees of eastern North America. Also called Basket Oak because baskets were woven from fibers and splints obtained by splitting the wood. These strong containers were used to carry cotton from the fields, and cow oak because cows eat the acorns. The sweetish acorns can be eaten raw, without boiling. One of the important timber trees of the South, it grows on moist and wet loamy soils of bottom lands, along streams and borders of swamps in mixed hardwoods. The high quality wood is used in all kinds of construction and for implements. The acorns are sweet and serve as food to wildlife. White-tailed deer, turkey, squirrels, and hogs eat the acorns. Like many oaks, swamp chestnut makes a good shade tree with its broad, spreading branches and large foliage. Can grow to 80 feet tall, best suited for the Southeastern US.
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Q65 Mongolian Oak ( Quercus Mongolica )
Excellent shade and lawn tree with beautiful fall color. Mongolian oak is a medium to large deciduous tree with an open crown that typically grows to 30-60' tall, but sometimes up to 90' tall. It is native to forested areas in Japan, southern Kariles, Sakhalin, Manchuria, central and northern China, Korea, eastern Mongolia and eastern Russia (Siberia). Tapered obovate to obovate-oblong leaves to 4-8" long with 7-10 broad coarse teeth on each side. Leaves are glabrous and dark green above but lighter green below with pubescent veins. Beautiful rose fall color. Good for zones 5-8.
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Q24 Chinkapin Oak ( Quercus Muehlenbergii )
Good for zones 4-8. A rounded deciduous tree with gray, scaly bark and dark glossy green leaves. Mature tree can reach 50 ft tall and spread to 40 ft. wide. Native to SE US.
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Q25 Water Oak ( Quercus nigra )
Good for zones 6-9. A fast growing oak that will grow in most soils and conditions. Important cover, habitat, and food for wildlife. Acorns eaten by squirrel, wild turkey, waterfowl and deer.
Naturally occurs on moist, alluvial soils along streams and rivers, but tolerates and routinely produces mast on a variety of sites.
Water oaks produce a small acorn that ducks prefer, and mature trees can tolerate flooding for a month or two just about every winter. Due to their extremely high fat content (@20%), deer love them also. Although an early dropper (usually mid October to early November), their hard shell makes it a great keeper for a steady food supply. It always seems the water oaks have an uncanny ability to produce on years when none of the other oaks are producing.
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Q55 Nuttall's Oak ( Quercus Nuttallii )
Leaves are simple, alternate and deciduous with 5-7 bristle-tipped lobes that are variable in size, and deep U-shaped sinuses. The terminal lobe is usually elongated and the upper lobes point toward the apex. Terminal buds are brown, ovoid, and angled with some hair. Bark is gray and smooth becoming shallowly fissured with age. The acorn matures in two seasons. Nuttall oak is found in wet areas in the southern U.S. The wood is used as red oak lumber. Acorns eaten by water fowl and many small mammals.
One of the many Red Oaks, the Nutall Oak highly resembles the Shummard Red Oak, and it is often confused with it as well. Not well know in the industry Quercus nuttallii may soon replace other Red Oaks due to its richer red fall color, better branching structure, and higher transplant survival due to a stronger root system. Hardiness: Zones 4-9
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Q27 Pin Oak ( Quercus Palustris )
Good for zones 5-8. Fast growing, broadly conical deciduous tree with smooth gray bark Dark green leaves and almost spherical acorns. Foliage turns brilliant scarlet in fall. Good for zones 4-8. A rounded deciduous tree with gray, scaly bark and dark glossy green leaves. Mature tree can reach 70 ft tall and spread to 40 ft. wide. Native to E. US.
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Q28 Willow Oak ( Quercus Phellos )
Good for zones 5-9. The Willow oak is one of the most popular trees for horticultural planting, due to its rapid growth, hardiness, balance between axial and radial dominance, ability to withstand both sun and shade, light green leaf color and full crown.
Easy to transplant; good street tree; tolerant of heat, drought, air pollution and standing water; acorns eaten by birds and squirrels; small leaves are easy to clean up in fall.
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Q29 Chesnut Oak ( Quercus Prinus )
Good for zones 4-8. Dense, round deciduous tree with dark yellowish green leaves that turn beautiful shade of yellow in fall. Mature tree can reach 70 ft tall and spread to 60 ft. wide. Native from Ontario down South to Alabama.
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Q30 English Oak ( Quercus Robur )
Excellent lawn specimen. Tolerates wide range of soils. A fast growing deciduous oak with spreading habit. Fissured, grayish brown or dark gray bark and dark green, short stalked leaves 5 inches long. Beautiful yellow to red to brown foliage in Fall. Important timber and landscape tree. Grows 120 ft. tall and can spread to 80 ft. wide. Zones 5-8.
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Q36 Columnar English Oak ( Quercus Robur Fastigiata )
Good for zones 5-8. A columnar form of the English oak growing in a tight column form with fissured gray-brown bark. Dark green 5-6 inch leaves. Mature tree can reach 60 ft tall and spread to 40 ft. wide. Native to Europe.
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Q35 Red Oak ( Quercus Rubra )
Good for zones 5-9. Fast growing, spreading deciduous tree with attractive gray to grayish brown bark. Dark green leaves. Mature tree can reach 80 ft tall and spread to 70 ft. wide. Native to E. US.
The red oak is one of the most important oaks for timber production in North America. The wood is of high value. Other related oaks are also cut and marketed as Red Oak, although their wood is not always of as high a quality. These include black oak, scarlet oak, pin oak, shumard oak, southern red oak and other species in the red oak group. The red oak is widely planted and naturalized also in Central Europe.
Red oak wood grain is so open that smoke can be blown through it from end-grain to end-grain on a flatsawn board.
A 10-year-old tree will be about 15 feet tall.
Red oak is easy to recognize by its bark, which feature bark ridges that appear to have shiny stripes down the center. A few other oaks have bark with this kind of appearance in the upper tree, but the red oak is the only tree with the striping all the way down the trunk.
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Q31 Shumardi Red Oak ( Quercus Shumardii )
Good for zones 5-8. Broadly columnar, decidious tree with smooth gray bark and dark green, glossy leaves to 7 inches long with bristle tipped teeth. Beautiful fall foliage.
Requires acidic soil to thrive. Grows to 70 ft. tall.
Shumard Oak is valued for commercial use, as a shade tree, and as a food source for various birds and mammals. It is cultivated at least as far north as Ottawa, Ontario and as far south as Lake Worth, Florida. It is tolerant of wide ranges of pH levels in soil. It isdrought resistant, and prefers partial to full sunlight. Shumard Oaks begin to bear seeds at a minimum of 25 years of age, and the optimum age for seed development is 50 years of age.
Shumard Oaks are known to have reached at least 480 years of age. The roots are intolerant to disturbance, so the tree should be planted in its permanent position at an early age.
Shumard Oak lumber is grouped with other Red Oak lumber for use in flooring, furniture, interior trim, molding, paneling, and cabinetry.
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Q34 Post Oak ( Quercus Stellata )
Good for zones 5-8. Quercus stellata (Post oak) is an oak in the white oak group. It is a small tree, typically 50-75 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter. It is native to the eastern United States, from Connecticut in the northeast, west to southern Iowa, southwest to central Texas, and southeast to northern Florida. It is one of the most common oaks in the southern part of the eastern prairies, such as in the Cross Timbers.
The leaves have a very distinctive shape, with three perpendicular terminal lobes, shaped much like a Maltese Cross. They are leathery, and tomentose (densely short-hairy) beneath. The branching pattern of this tree often gives it a rugged appearance. The acorns are 1.5-2 cm long, and are mature in their first summer.
The name refers to the use of the wood of this tree for fence posts. Its wood, like that of the other white oaks, is hard, tough and rot-resistant. This tree tends to be smaller than most other members of the group, with lower, more diffuse branching, largely reflecting its tendency to grow in the open on poor sites, so its wood is of relatively low value as sawn lumber. It is also a popular wood for smoking Texas barbecue.
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Q32 Cork Oak ( Quercus Suber )
Good for zones 7-9. Quercus suber, commonly called the Cork Oak, is a medium-sized, evergreen oak tree with thick, corky bark that is deeply ridged.Mature tree can reach 70 ft tall and spread to 50 ft. wide. Native to W. Mediterranean and N. Africa.
It is the primary source of cork for wine bottle stoppers and other uses, such as cork flooring. It is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa.
The tree forms a thick, rugged bark containing high levels of suberin. Over time the cork cambium layer of bark can develop considerable thickness and can be harvested every 9 to 12 years to produce cork. The harvesting of cork does not harm the tree, in fact, no trees are cut down during the harvesting process. Only the bark is extracted, and a new layer of cork regrows, making it a renewable resource.
Cork Oaks are sometimes planted as individual trees, providing a minor income to their owners. The tree is also sometimes cultivated for ornament.
The tree is cultivated in Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, France, Italy and Tunisia. Cork Oaks are considered to be soil builders and their fruits have been shown to have useful insecticidal properties.
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Q52 Black Oak ( Quercus Velutinia )
Good for zones 3-9. Black oak (Quercus velutina) is a common, medium-sized to large oak of the eastern and midwestern United States. It is sometimes called yellow oak, quercitron, yellowbark oak, or smoothbark oak. It grows best on moist, rich, well-drained soils, but it is often found on poor, dry sandy or heavy glacial clay hillsides where it seldom lives more than 200 years. Good crops of acorns provide wildlife with food. The wood, commercially valuable for furniture and flooring, is sold as red oak. Brilliant orange-red foliage in fall.
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Q37 Southern Live Oak ( Quercus Virginia )
Very seldom do we get to offer the actual photo of the tree that seeds were collected from, but this is one of those occasions. You should click on the photo to see a full size picture of this beautiful tree. The seeds we are offering come from this magnificent tree in Southern Mississippi.
Good for zones 8-10. The trees produce very small size acorns for such a huge species, most measure about a half inch in diameter and only a bit more in lenght.
Massive, spreading Evergreen tree with shallow grooved red-brown bark and leathery, shiny dark green leaves. Mature tree can reach height of 80 ft. and spread out to 100 ft. wide. Native to Southern US from Virginia to Florida.
Depending on the growing conditions, live oaks vary from the shrubby to large and spreading: typical open-grown trees reach 15 meters (50 feet) in height, but may span nearly 50 meters.
Their lower limbs often sweep down towards the ground before curving up again. They can grow at severe angles, and Native Americans used to bend saplings over so that they would grow at extreme angles, to serve as trail markers. They drop their leaves, and grow new ones, within a few weeks in spring. The bark is furrowed longitudinally, and the acorns are small, but long and tapered. Trees frequently have rounded clumps of ball moss or thick drapings of Spanish moss, and mistletoe is often found on them.
Southern live oak can grow in moist to dry sites. They can withstand occasional floods and hurricanes, and are resistant to salt spray and moderate soil salinity. They tend to survive fire, because often a fire will not reach their crowns. Even if a tree is burned, its crowns and roots usually survive the fire and sprout vigorously. Furthermore live oak forests discourage entry of fire from adjacent communities because they provide dense cover that discourages the growth of a flammable understory.
Although they grow best in well-drained sandy soils and loams, they will also grow in clay. Live oaks are also surprisingly hardy. Those of southern provenance can easily be grown in USDA zone 7 and the Oklahoma Live Oak (Quercus virginiana var. fusiformis), having the same evergreen foliage as the Southern variety, can be grown with success in areas as cold as zone 6. Even with significant winter leaf burn, these trees can make a strong comeback during the growing season in more northerly areas such New Jersey, southern Ohio, and southern Connecticut.
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