Chinquapin Oak Tree Planted - October 2021
Here, below, shows the tree with a nice shape:
And, here, below, is a closer look at the leaves:
Narrow, pointy leaves. Hmmm...let's go look at that sign from the folks at Waterfall Glen that talks about the difference between Red and White Oak leaves. Now I know: this is a Chinquapin Oak tree.
Seemed like an interesting tree and one that I'd love to grow and nurture on our back property. So, imagine my delight when I came across a plant sale that was put on by a local unit of government. They were selling very small trees at just $25 each. I bought a couple of trees including...one of these cool Oak trees. I recently brought it home and stuck it in the ground in the backyard.
Below, you can see the small Chinquapin Oak tree - Quercus muehlenbergii - that we brought home in a five-gallon nursery container. It is short - about 40" tall from the root flare to the top of the apical meristem.
The front of the tag you see above - features the non-profit who was selling the trees (Conservation Foundation). You can learn more about them here - including how they changed their name in 1988 from the DuPage County Forest Preserve Foundation to the Conservation Foundation.
On the back of the tag is the name of the nursery who grew this small tree: Possibility Place Nursery.
If you go spend a few minutes reading the history of the nursery, you'll discover that they do things a little different than most tree nurseries. Here's a snippet of their process and how they've unlocked a different route to bringing trees to market beyond the Spring season:
This is the second Oak tree that I've planted in our backyard - the first being a slightly larger Northern Red Oak tree in Spring 2020. I've posted this quote from Washington Irving about planting Oak trees here on the blog, but I want to put it here (below) again because it is relevant again with the planting of this tiny tree. Here's the quote below:
Across this being our fifth growing season here.
63 trees planted/5 growing seasons = 12.6 trees on average planted each season.
42 trees alive/5 growing seasons = 8.4 trees on average survive each season.
This is the eleventh tree planted this season which is now the third highest total behind the high years when I planted 17 trees (2018 and 2020). Ranking right in the middle of the pack for the five planting seasons. However...This will NOT be the last tree for 2021, so the totals will go up before Winter arrives when I plant a couple of other trees.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.