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Nutty Bur Oak

Pot, 3-6" NBOA_3-6 $8.20 Out of stock
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Tags: nutty, bur, oak

Nutty Tasting Acorn with Low Tannin

One of the few acorns that has a mild flavor and can be eaten raw. Selected from a cross of bur oak and Holly oak. Trees tend to have thick large leaves and tend towards the bur oak end of the spectrum. Few or no  weevils are found in the acorns and it might be related to the cap almost entirely closing the nut.  Crossed with other ilex hybrids nearby making it a valuable tree for growing out its seedlings as well as grafting. Its unique flavor is really quite different than other acorns we have tested. Even those who are not edible acorn fans and I have coaxed into eating one found it pleasant and distinct.  

The grafted Nutty secures those genetics as it is has been impossible so far to find an acorn that has such a distinct flavor. In 2019 we started grafting oaks again and plan to continue in 2020.  There is much greater effort taken to graft oaks so only a few are offered this spring of 2020. (It is a slow rather expensive way to propagate an oak tree.)

 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Quercus x macrocarpa x ilex sp. ballota -Grown from ballota acorns as the parent tree.
Seed Source Michigan
Hardiness -25 F or more
Height (ft) 40-60
Width (ft) 40
Pollination Requirements Bur oak, bur oak hybrids or seedlings of itself
Soil Adapted from heavy loam to sand
Climate Zones 3-9
Ease of Cultivation Transplants well. Medium growth rate. Fruits quickly in 4-8 years from seedling when trees reach 6-12 ft, tall. This is a good seedling to grow for its low tannin acorns much like schuettes oak.