The Valley Oak (Take 2)

Posted: 4th March 2011 by bryant in Valley Oak

Many of my co-workers and friends know that I have a thing for growing trees.  All of this started when I worked at the University of Utah, and it continues today.  This blog is about the oak tree that I currently have growing in a large flower pot in my front yard.

Up on the U’s campus, there is this gigantic oak tree between the Orson Spencer Hall and the Languages & Communication building.  Its a truly mature oak tree and I will try to get a picture of is soon.  Even the acorns that come from the tree are large when compared to other oak trees on campus.  They are about the size of a small kiwi.  Two autumns ago, I gathered about a dozen of these large acorns and planted them all around my house in Kearns.  I have some images from the acorns that I planted in flower pot’s that I would like to show you.

Just Breaking Ground

After a winter spent in a ziplock bag in the crisper the acorns were planted in large planters and left outside to fend for themselves.  By late spring the top of a tree can be seen edging out of the dirt.  I was pretty excited to see the trees actually growing and I’m glad I remembered to take a pic.  Its pretty much impossible to see, so just take my word for it, its growing.

 

A Baby Oak Tree

An oak tree seedling no more than 4 inches tall. As you can see, the tree is doing well. I was surprised how large the leaves would get on such a young tree, but the leaves grew to pretty much the same size as the leaves on the parent tree.  I kept them watered and they did pretty well all summer long.  Before the winter came, I planted one in the yard of my old house and gave another to a good friend.  As far as I know, the trees are still growing at the house I moved from.  I will try to get a picture of them sometime.

 

 

Not too good over the winter.

small tree trunk about a foot tal with no leaves.

So, the remaining tree moved to Murray with the rest of the family and spent the winter dormant in the basement.   I have moved it into the yard, but its not showing any signs of life yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it does just fine.

 

 

 

I will post more as I see life returning to it.  You will be surprised to see how large the leaves get.

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