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Why do we love Oak Hybrids so much? Here are just a few reasons- some lean more towards science while other reasons are more of a personal thing:
We try not to pick favorites, but its really difficult not to favor this winning hybrid. For those of you who appreciate water oaks for their ability to thrive on just about any site and produce super heavy crops, you have to try a few seedlings from this Jumbo acorned cross with the prized Shumard oak. The ShuWater oak parent tree we collect from hasn’t disappointed us in the 7-8 years we’ve been observing it. Every November, it rains these large, white-meated acorns for a couple of weeks until around Thanksgiving.
While the current situation with the Corona Virus can’t be taken lightly, and we are distancing ourselves from crowds, most experts recommend getting out in nature a bit to breathe some fresh air. Parents are encouraged to “school kids at home” during this time, including studying some natural history. Many folks are taking that a step further and literally doing stuff that kids don’t do much if at all during regular school hours, and that is GETTING OUT IN NATURE and learning about things like plants, animals, insects, soils, climate, hydrology, and others.
At Nativ Nurseries we put together a whitetail package that we believe to be the best combination of oak trees for whitetails. This whitetail oak tree package includes an assortment of 12 trees specially designed to keep food on the ground throughout the entire fall and winter from the southern portions of zone 5 to zone 9.
Hands down, the best way to protect young trees is with tree tubes (also called tree protectors). They not only ensure your seedlings get past the vulnerable seedling and sapling stages, it also enhances growth rates. Deer seem to key in on tender seedlings and saplings as both a food source and a target to rub their antlers on.