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.
It's a favorite time of year for us now, even though it means lots more work down the road.
Starting this week we've scheduled trips to New Mexico to collect a variety Oak acorns just ripe on the trees. We'll return with a fresh batch of Gray Oak and a selection of Pine seeds.
In the middle of September, we will be traveling to far West Texas to collect a variety of Oaks acorns from West Texas Native Oak Trees (Gray Oak, Emory Oak, Chisos Red Oak, West Texas Live Oak, Vasey Oak, West Texas Chinquapin). Last year during our trip, temperatures were right and the seed sprouted quickly.
The final part of our trip will be in San Antonio, Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
Look for more information in October about our trip to Northern Arizona and New Mexico for Pine tree collections. Several types of Oak including Mexican Blue Oak and Arizona White Oak typically don't ripen until October, so we'll be traveling to several locations during that month.
Delivery costs are typically reduced by 25% during these trips. It's a great way to order multiple larger trees and get them delivered in a safe secure manner.
Currently we have orders from customers Silver City, Las Cruces and Columbus, NM. In Texas we're visiting Ft. Stockton, Marfa, Abilene area, Lake Brownwood area, and Bastrop for tree deliveries and acorn collection.
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.