Fastest Growth of All Oaks - Heavy Acorn Production- Red Oak Family
Fastest growing oak tree at our farm producing a very dominant central leader with symmetrical branching. Our ECOS strain originated from acorns originally produced by selections at our farm from thousands of seedlings. Our seed planting was made using the most vigorous trees many of which grew 6 ft. tall in 2 years. Acorn production begins in 8-12 years from seedling. One of the most productive oaks we have at our farm yielding over 50 lbs. per tree on 20-year-old trees.Probably the only red oak type that seems to always have a crop even though there are low years, there is rarely a completely off year.
This hybrid is in the red oak group which takes two years to mature an acorn after pollination. The large one inch acorns drop free of the cap which start dropping in early to mid October and continue into early November. There is never any weevil damage in the acorns. This hybrid along with sawtooth oak make it one of the valuable oak trees for mast production in quantity. Of course many oaks produce a lot of acorns and one is not necessarily better than the other but this hybrid could easily be the first to grow a planting just for acorn production because of its solid consistent yields. Very few oaks are this consistent.
|Genus & Species
||Quercus x castanaefolia
||Best to have two for nut set although may be self fertile totally.
||Sandy loam. Not particular.
||Zone 4-9. Seems to grow well in dry hot climates due to the glossy leaves.
|Ease of Cultivation
||Like the sawtooth oak very easy to grow in any type of soil. Not alkaline sensitive. No disease issues with the foliage.