Oaks of the Wild West

Call: 520.220.0951

Texas Live Oak

Looking for an Native Tree?

Doesn't matter if you are East Coast, or West Coast, we ship throughout the U.S.

If you are traveling in the area, be sure and arrange a time to visit one of our nursery locations.

We recently shipped to a North Carolina Arboretum to 'fill in' their collection of Native Oak Trees.

Native Tree and Plant Resource

Visitors come from around the state and the nation, including:
  • Tombstone AZ,
  • Douglas AZ,
  • Sierra Vista AZ,
  • Bisbee AZ,
  • Hereford AZ,
  • Huachuca City AZ,
  • Palominas AZ,
  • Warren AZ,
  • Sonoita AZ,
  • Nicksville AZ,
  • Sunnyside AZ,
  • Patagonia AZ,
  • Canelo AZ,
  • Sunizona AZ,
  • McNeal AZ,
  • Double Adobe AZ,
  • Dragoon AZ,
  • Sahuarita AZ,
  • Nogales AZ,
  • Benson AZ,
  • Wilcox AZ,
  • Tucson AZ,
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Silver City, NM
  • Deming, NM
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Lordsburg, NM

Welcome to Oaks of the Wild West

It's officially fall
and we are still collecting acorns!

We recently returned from a collection trip for acorns to various locations out in West Texas. Many of the acorns ripen earlier in July and August. However, there are still lots of acorns to collect in October both in Arizona and Central Texas. The Germana Oak tree acorns don't ripen until late November through late December.

Now we have lots of acorns
what's next?

Some acorns are already sprouting and that means it's time to start planting. Other acorn collections will sprout over the next few weeks and must be kept in a controlled environment until planted.

When will the acorns be trees that can be sold?

From the time of collection until a acorn becomes a one foot tree is usually a year. Some of the more vigorous growing Oak varieties can be two feet at the end of a year.

After two years, the trees will have developed a strong root system and have grown to be up to three feet tall.

We currently have a 1 inch caliber Lacey Oak that is about 6 feet tall that is probably 6 years old.

Italian Stone Pines
Several Italian Stone Pines

Looking for a native Pine tree?

Arizona has a wide variety of native Pine trees which also grow in different locations throughout the country. Texas also has a nice assortment of native Pine trees too!

Some of the common Arizona Pine trees are: Allepo Pine (Pinus halepensis), Apache Pine (Pinus engelmannii), Chihuahua Pine (Pinus leiophylla var. chihuahuana), Cluster Pine (Pinus pinaster), Colter Pine (Pinus coulteri), Concolor Fir (Abies concolor), Elderica Pine (Pinus elderica), Mexican Pinyon Pine (Pinus cembroides), Singleleaf Pinyon (Pinus monophylla) and Southwestern White Pine (Pinus stroboformis).

In Texas the native Central Texas pine tree is a Remote Pinyon (also called the Papershell Pinyon). On our collection trips last fall we saw several really nice examples in the Texas Hill Country.

Call 520-220-0951 to discuss tree availability!

When is the best time to plant an Oak tree?

As you might expect it varies by region of the country. For those parts of the country that receive monsoons, a great time to plant is during and immediately after the frequent rains.

Clients in Colorado, New Mexico and East Coast have also planted in late summer through late fall.

In Texas, we have had great results planting starting September throughout the winter months, avoiding the intense heat of summer. The cooler months allow trees to develop a better root system before leafing out. And you get the benefit the following Spring when you see new growth!

Remember newly planted trees will require a deep watering once a week until it is established if you don't get supplemental rain.

Native Tree Nursery

Our nursery specializes in collecting a wide variety of Oak species.

We have two nursery locations, with the primary one located in Southeastern Arizona.

We can help you make the right selection of Native Trees for your area, from California to Virginia and in-between.

We carry a limited amount of other Oak tree species as well : Netleaf Oak (Quercus rugosa).

The Mexican Blue Oak is a unique native tree to Arizona and Texas. The leaves are strongly a dark blue color and have an unusual shape. They are very drought tolerant. When new leaves appear on the plant they are a wonderful light pink color. Typically, during the winter, the tree is an evergreen; however during the last cold winter with temperatures down to 3 degrees, the leaves were affected, but the plants survived.

In the mountains in Arizona. We collect our acorns at about 5,500 feet. Our nursery located outside of Sierra Vista is at 4,400 feet and the Silver Leaf grows well here. The Silver Leak Oak also grows in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

The unique native Texas Vasey Oak has a sharp pointed leaf and very small acorns. The tree typically grows in very dry conditions, and a typical tree that we have seen is about 10 tall.