The Mighty Cherrybark Oak

  • conservativej...

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    Aug 25, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    Some poeple would say I have many bad habits. One of those perhaps is cultivating and spreading Cherrybark Oak trees all over the place. For those of you who don't know this red oak, its' scientific name is Quercus falcata var. pagodafolia. It has been thirty years now since I started cultivating these massive oaks on the property I visited earlier this week in Thomas county.

    I have no idea who the people are in these photos, but my point is to show these trees at maturity. Alas, thirty year old cherrybark's have a long way to go.


    Damaged by a hurricane, the tree below did not relent. It stands at 169 feet.


    Another Cherrybar. This one stands at 159 feet.

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    Aug 25, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    My property is mostly covered with Quercus garryana. I have a lot of trees around 400 years old. The weird thing is, on shallow soil, a tree can be 100 or 200 years old and only 3 inches across. Where the soil is deep and water is nearby, their siblings are four feet across the trunk. Most of those old giants are totally hollow. The core has died and rotted away, although the bark and maybe four inches of wood is alive. Foxes, owls, wasps, and my Mom's cats live inside. Every big winter storm, one or two of those old ones falls over. If a wildfire kills the tree, new trees spring up from the tips of the roots, so there is a big circular thicket where there used to be one tree. When I built my house, some of those 100 year old 1-inch trees got covered with fill dirt. And got irrigated. Suddenly, they started growing four feet a year.

    They are amazing, tough, persevering, scraggly, weedy, magnificent organisms.
  • metta

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    Aug 25, 2012 6:03 AM GMT