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.
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.
Waiting for 2016 harvest.
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.
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.
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.