Why plant Audubon® Native White Oak Treeling?
Everyone knows that birds love seeds and berries. Planting trees that bear these types of food is a sure way to attract avian visitors to your yard. Few people realize, however, that insects are also crucial to many birds’ diets, especially when they’re raising their young. White Oak performs both of these roles splendidly. The large acorns (sweeter than those of other Oaks) feed jays, woodpeckers, turkey, grouse, and quail, while the wealth of insects the tree supports serves mockingbirds, robins, cardinals, grosbeaks, tanagers, chickadees, and many, many more. One of the best trees you can buy to support your local wildlife.
White Oak lumber was used to build the famous USS Constitution, and in World War II as the keels of mine sweepers and patrol boats - forever earning its place in history. For centuries it has been the preferred wood for those beautiful barrels found in wineries and whiskey distilleries. White oak is known for its strength and durability because of a microscopic tissue called tyloses that plug the vascular cells of wood, allowing to hold liquid. White oak is much more resistant to rot, and is suitable for water-holding applications, boatbuilding, and outdoor furniture.
How to use Audubon® Native White Oak Treeling in the landscape?
This grand specimen is perfect as a shade tree and in large areas. It is incredibly stately with green foliage that has white undersides. During fall, foliage takes on purple-red hues. The bark is white to grey-white, earning its namesake. White Oaks are very adaptable and are even drought-tolerant once established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
How To Plant Audubon® Native White Oak Treeling
This tree will require full sun and lots of room. Still with us? OK. The White Oak is a slow grower, but it does respond to extra doses of fertilizer and water when it's young. But don't let soil get too moist—Swamp White Oak is better-suited for that! Also, don't panic over a chewed leaf or two. Oaks are used to supporting an incredible variety of wildlife and can certainly take care of themselves!
How To Water
Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
A young tree may need a little extra support to ensure that it lives a long and healthy life. Stake your new Treeling with a 6-8 foot tall wood or bamboo stake. Use expandable ties that will stretch as the tree grows, fastening the stake to the main trunk from the base to the top. Check the ties every few months, at least twice a year; ensuring the ties are not digging into the trunk. If there is any sign of this, take the tie off and reattach it, giving the tree more room to grow.
As your tree grows, remove a few of the lower branches each year in mid to late summer. Remove these lower branches before they reach 1/2 inch in diameter. It is better to make small cuts to avoid cutting a large, more mature branch - this is too stressful for the tree. Each year, make any corrective pruning needed, paying particular attention to removing damaged branches, rubbing branches, multiple leaders at the top, or suckers at the base. Limit any pruning to no more than 25% of the branching structure in a given year. Pruning benefits the tree and helps to achieve a balanced tree form.
After two or three years you can feel free to remove the stake from the tree.
The tree arrived in good condition and is doing well so far! We planted it about a week after it arrived, and it's budding nicely.