Wildtree Mexican Oak ™

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A new and exciting option for wildlife that is so attractive you may want some for your landscape as well! Part of the botanically confused group of similar-appearing red oaks found in northern Mexico, this is likely a new, undescribed species, or a regional form of a highly variable species originally collected in the San Carlos Mountains by John Fairey and Carl Schoenfeld. Trialed at The John Fairey Garden for a few decades, and originally released to ornamental horticulture through Yucca Do Nursery, it has proven to be a drought, heat and cold resistant tree that produces masses of small acorns like clockwork every year. Tardily deciduous, it will hold onto its leaves through warmer winter areas (zone 8 and up) into late January or February, and the new leaves emerge a hot pink color in March accompanied by bright yellow dangling pollen catkins. In zone 7 it may defoliate earlier depending on the winter, but either the tree can provide cover well into winter in the areas it can be successfully grown.

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This tree is a new and exciting option for southern wildlife managers that is so attractive, you may want them for your landscape as well. It is mostly deciduous and has proven to be a drought, heat and cold resistant tree that produces masses of small acorns like clockwork every year. Tardily deciduous, it will hold onto its leaves through warmer winter areas (zone 8 and up) into late January or February, and the new leaves emerge a hot pink color in March accompanied by bright yellow dangling pollen catkins. It is extremely fast growing for an oak, and is tough as nails. Its ability to thrive in alkaline, rocky soils with little water make it an excellent choice for central and south Texas.
Common Name Wildtree Mexican Oak ™
Scientific Name Quercus sp. ‘San Carlos’
Wildlife Value Cover, Acorns
Fruiting Requirements Self-fertile, but higher yield in groups
Fruiting Time September - October
Size 5 Gallon Rooted Container
Height 4-6'

Zones

US Vegetation zones 8-10
USDA Zone 7b-9
Exposure Full sun to half-day sun
Drought Tolerance Once Established High

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Size

4-6', 5 Gallon Rooted Container