Compton Oak Hybrid (Quercus x comptoniae)
To explain this unique hybrid oak, lets first go over the two trees that the comprise the Compton. Overcup is tolerant of poor drainage more so than any other oak (it grows in just about anything but standing water, and can handle annual dormant season flooding more than any other oak), but most game eat its acorns as a last resort. Overcup planted in landscapes can grow just about anywhere including hilltops. Live oaks are also extremely site tolerant, but prefer better drainage in moist sites than overcup. Live oak is extremely productive as far as mast is concerned, and deer (also other game) love its acorns. Humans love the evergreen foliage and wide spreading habit known only in the southern states.
Comptons take all the “good” traits of both parents and in some cases actually improve those traits. These traits include faster growth than both parents, a usually larger, tastier acorn than both parents (some trees have quarter sized acorns), and heavy production. Variation among trees is typical (some lean more toward live oak, some a perfect mix, some more like overcup). Variation is great because some may drop acorns on years when others don’t produce. This also makes each and every tree an “individual”.
White Oak section
6 - 9
|Soil pH:||4.5 - 6.5|
|Mature Height:||60' - 80'|
|Wildlife Value:||Acorns important source of food for deer, wild turkey, northern bobwhite, black bear, ducks.|
|Site Preference:||Thrives on many sites. Tolerant of poorer sites once established. Naturally occurs on low ground but doesn't tolerate long durations of flooding.|
|Nut Maturity Date:||Mid-October to December|
Excellent trees, shipped fast.
Ordered Comptons as part of my first hybrid oak order along with a few other hybrid species as to add diversity and acorn drop variation. Each seedling ordered and delivered appeared quite healthy and packaged securely. Very happy with the shipping and packaging care taken. This order was my first from Nativ, and I have since ordered twice again since, all fall ‘22. They have made a believer out of me, and I presume I will be able say the same about the trees a few short years down the road. Thanks Nativ, Dudley, and fellow Gamekeepers.
There's plenty of new growth on these, and also some mature leaves. They look quite sturdy. They aren't bare root trees like a lot of saplings offered out there. Instead, they are container-grown, with have a small (half-a-banana sized) mass of planting mix material containing a root pack. This is our second attempt at growing these. The first attempt ended poorly, as we simply put them in the ground and didn't water them but once. This batch is in pots that we can water regularly until they are bigger, before putting out in the field without care.