We recently shipped to a North Carolina Arboretum to 'fill in' their collection of Native Oak Trees.
We also made a special delivery of a large order for a client in Scottsdale recently.
The Texas Red Oak, the Shumard Oak (also called the Spanish Oak), the Lacey Oak, the Vasey Oak can all have great displays of color in the fall.
The picture to the right is the large (25' Tall) Texas Red Oak near a seasonal creek at the edge of the central Texas nursery location. Underneath are those pesky Cedar trees that are removed every couple of years.
The amount of fall color will varey depending upon the conditions. This year we got a lot of cold freezing weather in October, and that started the coloration process. It was followed by lots of freezes after that so the Texas Red Oaks, the Shumdard Oak, the Lacey Oaks planted out at the nursery all had their own color changes. It took almost two months befothe leaves fully changed color and then dropped off of the tree.
We're back from our collection trips to New Mexico, far West Texas, different areas of Arizona and different area of Texas. As always, some areas trees produced more acorns than others. Several areas of far West Texas had severe drought and produced no acorns. Other areas had bumper crops.
Now is the time to consider planting the trees you have purchased out into the growd.
Over-winter, the trees will focus on establishing a good expanded root system that will support new growth in the spring.
In northern parts of the US, a great time to plant is early spring or fall. Contact us to determine what is right for your area.
A great time to plant trees is during and after the rainy season, typically July, August and September.
Because our trees have an established root base, they will respond well to the typical watering required to get an Oak tree established.
Clients in Colorado, New Mexico and East Coast have also planted in late fall, early winter and after ensuring regular watering (either by rainfall or supplemental watering) have had great results. One client reported that his tree planted in a cool spell in Colorado grew three feet the next Spring.
We have had great results planting starting September throughout the winter months. We know that doesn't sound like fun to be digging a tree hole in December, but the cooler months allow trees to develop a better root system before leafing out.
Parts of Texas remain in a stubborn drought. In Austin, although we have had more rainfall, we are still experiencing dry conditions. Lake Travis is at it's lowest level in 60 years and is on record to surpassed the worse drought ever in Central Texas from the 1950's. That means any tree that is planted will require a deep watering once a week until it is establish while temperatures are above 90. After cooler temperatures arrive, regular watering will still be required.
After transplanting your Native tree sapling, ensure that the trees get regular watering from mother nature or through supplemental watering of at least once a week. A tree that has been well watered during the cooler months will generally have a nice flush of growth in the Spring.
Our nursery specializes in collecting a wide variety of Oak species.
We have two nursery locations, with the primary one located in Southeastern Arizona.
Originally from Texas, we later relocated to Southeastern Arizona, so we have experience in growing trees in a wide variety of climates, from the harsh summer heats to the winter freezes.
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 : (a) Ajo Oak and (b) 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.
The Ajo Oak is native to Northern Mexico. Through a variety of resources, we have annual access to acorns. Planting them at our nursery in South Eastern Arizona, the tree is doing well with our limited amount of annual rainfall.
The native Silver Leaf Oak is typically found in the higher elevations 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 to 15 tall.