Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)

The fall color is spectacular here in Central Texas this year. It is due to the late summer rains we finally received after so much drought? Could it be the colder temperatures earlier in the season? Probably both.

Today's view is of the chinkapin oak (a white oak) located out by our back driveway. See how it has a carved out look on the left? This is from the spread from the leafless burr oak on its left.

The chinkapin oak next to the sales office has already lost its leaves and was not as spectacular. Probably from different parentage, different grower and/or different moisture received throughout the season.

Put a note on your calendar for next October/November to check out the nursery for the tree selections with the best fall color. Buy the one you like the best.

Smelling the Roses