Quercus alba (White Oak)

Quercus alba (White Oak)

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Family: Fagaceae

Provenance: Collected with Pinus strobus #1 from rocky granite slope in Burlington, MA. Tree approximately 4′ cut back to side branch. Around 2″  tall. Many taproots cut back but good amount of feeder roots intact.

Date Acquired: 3/4/2016

Approx. Age at Acquisition: 4-7 years

Notes:

-4/2016, Tree bare rooted and potted in standard 1/2 1/2 mix with some spagnum movvs for moisture retention. Potted plastic training container.

6/2016, Tree is growing vigorously with many new shoots and fall foliage. Leaves seems slightly smaller that typical okay, possibly due to defoliation.

-9/2016, Tree growing strongly.

-11/15/2016, Senesced leaves removed and branches wired into position. Leader and branches reduced. New central leader defined. Tree placed in back hall for winter storage.

-2/25/17, Tree moved outside due to warm weather.

-4/17/18, Upper limbs wired into position. Buds beginning to break. Fertilized with slow-release pellets. Tree must be swamp layered or tourniquet applied to create new higher nebari.

-5/3/17, Tourniquet method used to improve nebari. Aluminum wire tightened around trunk; trunk panted higher using small pot. Tourniquet removed after foliage wilted.

-9/4/17, Tree grew strongly through summer. Tall leader helped thicken tree. Leaves reached great size.

To do: Suitable rock must be selected to hide unsightly trunk. Tree must be grown out, not pruned, and left to thicken. Repotting to larger pot in spring.

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