Hybrid Oaks and Chestnuts

Hybrid oaks occur when pollen from one species lands on a flower from another, and the resulting acorn becomes a first generation hybrid tree that possesses traits from each parent.  Although uncommon, this phenomenon does occur, and our team has an uncanny knack for finding them…lots of them!  Being a hybrid doesn’t mean its progeny will always grow faster or drop pounds and pounds of acorns at a younger age, but they can.  We see this ‘hybrid vigor’ trait quite often, especially among the hybrids from the white oak section, but other traits such as tastier acorns, acorn production at a younger age, or a tolerance to a wider range of conditions can result.