Did you know that in Illinois October is Oak Awareness Month? AKA OAKtober as designated by Gov. Bruce Rauner a few years ago. To celebrate, we would like to feature a few of our favorite new Oak hybrids here at the nursery.
For more on OAKtober, you can also check out this link from the Morton Arboretum: OAKtober
For pictures & descriptions of the Oaks we are growing here at the nursery check out our Oak Photo Gallery
American Dream Oak – Quercus bicolor ‘JFS-KW12’
50′ x 40′ – This new Swamp White Oak cultivar developed by J. Frank Schmidt Nursery was selected for strong resistance to anthracnose & powdery mildew resistance. As a grower, we love the branching consistency in the field. It also has a great shaggy bark with very glossy green leaves.
Streetspire Oak – Quercus robur x Q. alba ‘JFS-KW1QX’
45′ x 14′ – Similar to Crimson Spire Oak, it is another J. Frank Schmidt Nursery introduction. It differs in that it does not hold it’s foliage through winter. It has wider branch angles making it more storm resistant. The red fall color is another great feature of this tree.
Kindred Spirit Oak – Q. robur x Q. bicolor ‘Nadler’
30′ x 6′ – This Oak is one of the tightest columnar trees. It is a sister seedling to the Regal Prince but with a tighter form. The mildew & drought resistant features coupled with the form make it an excellent choice for narrow urban streets.
Heritage Oak – Quercus macdanielli ‘Clemons’
50′ x 40′ – The Heritage Oak has handsome dark green foliage which is very mildew resistant. It is an English and Bur Oak hybrid with excellent cold tolerance. The pyramidal form makes it a good street tree Oak.