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Hey guys, just documenting and sharing another Quercus buckleyi ( Buckley’s Oak) that I collected near Abilene, Texas. I’m really excited about this one because of the really nice radial roots that it has. There’s a tiny bit of inverse taper at the moment but I’m hoping now that the lower trunk is uncovered it will bark up and get rid of the inverse taper. I think I’m going to get rid of the lowest pencil straight branch since it’s not really in an ideal position and has no taper.
 

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It will be interesting to see how this tree recovers. Oaks can be touchy about the typical "bare root" "root chop" treatment that elms, hornbeam, etc. can handle.
 

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It will be interesting to see how this tree recovers. Oaks can be touchy about the typical "bare root" "root chop" treatment that elms, hornbeam, etc. can handle.
Oaks can be pretty shifty but from my limited experience this species seems to be rather resilient. According to some literature I've read you cant air layer almost any oak but they listed this species as having some capability to air layer and graft so I think it naturally wants to put more roots out and survive than most other oaks. This one was growing in basically pure sand with a little organic material in the top layer of soil. Ill keep you guys updated.
 

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Oaks can be pretty shifty but from my limited experience this species seems to be rather resilient. According to some literature I've read you cant air layer almost any oak but they listed this species as having some capability to air layer and graft so I think it naturally wants to put more roots out and survive than most other oaks. This one was growing in basically pure sand with a little organic material in the top layer of soil. Ill keep you guys updated.

I'm also curious. The ones I collect (Gray Oak, Silverleaf oak, gamble oak) will die if bare-rooted. I think I tried few times with live oak and they died. This was the reason I only started collected oaks few ago. However, that tree seems to have feeder roots so that could increase its chances substantially.

One thing you need to be sure. DO NOT MOVE the tree after repot. Find a spot where you can leave it until it pushes and the leaves harden-off. The new roots are really brittle for new collected trees.
 

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I've done oaks with smaller material and more root and they still died.
Now if the species is particularly amenable to rooting, maybe.
 

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I've done oaks with smaller material and more root and they still died.
Now if the species is particularly amenable to rooting, maybe.
So far from my limited collecting experience this species of oak seems to be rather durable. It was difficult to keep the root-ball intact as it was in almost pure sand. I expect it to make a nice recovery but only time will tell.
 

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Nice one man.
Thanks! I thought it looked good from the soil line up but once I removed the top layer of soil during collection I think the tree revealed even more potential with its nice wide base and flaring root system. Let us hope that buds pop in all of the right places this spring!
 

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Thanks! I thought it looked good from the soil line up but once I removed the top layer of soil during collection I think the tree revealed even more potential with its nice wide base and flaring root system. Let us hope that buds pop in all of the right places this spring!
That's often how it is when I've collected relatively young Hackberry and Elm ( 15 to 20 years old).
 

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That's often how it is when I've collected relatively young Hackberry and Elm ( 15 to 20 years old).
I'm looking forward to collecting a couple hackberry this spring also! Do you have any developed hackberry at this time? I see tons of examples of finished elms but very few hackberry from Texas.
 

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I'm looking forward to collecting a couple hackberry this spring also! Do you have any developed hackberry at this time? I see tons of examples of finished elms but very few hackberry from Texas.
I'm glad you asked. Here is one that I kept. Soon, I'll be doing rootwork again. I have another very large so requires a lot more time and work.
http://instagr.am/p/B6G3Fi8jJ99/
 

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Just wanted to update you guys and let you know the oak is going strong so far. It’s been in the 100s the last two days😑😵
I probably need to move it to a shaded area of the weather stays like this for much longer. So far every red oak I collected this season has looked quite healthy with the exception of one.
 

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