A Year of White Oaks

One fascinating aspect of working at a native plant nursery is that you have the opportunity of seeing native species in a variety of different stages of development. For example, we seeded these white oak (Quercus alba) last fall immediately after the acorns were collected.

White Oak (Quercus alba) seedling

White Oak (Quercus alba) seedling planted this fall

This individual is representative of the average height at this time of year.

White oak (Quercus alba) planted 18 months ago

White oak (Quercus alba) planted 18 months ago, and then transplanted this spring

These saplings were seeded 18 months ago and are coming on strong. That shows you how much growth oak seedlings can put on in a year if they are taken care of well. In another year, the seedlings that we started last fall will be the same height as these young trees. In two hundred years, they could be as large as this tree in Oakville, ON.

It’s a blessing and a privilege to be starting something that has the potential to have that kind of legacy!

Peter Scholtens – Sales and Service, Verbinnen’s Nursery

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