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Oak Heritage

Quercus x macdanielii

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Oak Heritage, medium size tree with large green leaves

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If you want a stately shade tree for your landscape, it is time to choose the Heritage oak (Quercus x macdanielii ‘Clemons). This tree is known for its adaptability and toughness. With this hybrid tree, you can get the English and Bur oak species’ best attributes in one package. Make sure to select this wonderful oak for your next landscaping project.

Plant Attributes

The Heritage oak gets its massive height from the English oak (Quercus robur) and wide-spreading habit from the Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa). This beautiful shade tree can reach a height of 60 feet, and it has a oval spread of 45 feet. The Heritage oak develops into an oval shape. It has a strong central trunk that features wide lower branches. Those branches taper towards the crown of the tree.

Its deep green, lobed leaves are a mainstay throughout the growing season. In addition to its beauty, that glossy foliage is resistant to wind damage and mildew. The Heritage oak’s insignificant flowers can develop into acorns, and you will see plenty of squirrels and birds rummaging through your yard. During the autumn, the oak’s leaves turn into yellow and brown shades before dropping for the season.

Landscape Use

The Heritage oak is an exceptional specimen for those large yards. For a more dramatic entranceway, plant these trees near the side of a home. With a couple of mighty Heritage oaks around your space, you have a great way to frame the outline of a house. Many homeowners plant these oaks to provide some shade for their yards. If you plant several Heritage oaks together, you can create a private retreat. Under its shadow, you can enjoy the warm summer breezes without all that harsh sunshine. With its massive size and thick foliage, this mighty oak offers plenty of shade throughout the growing season.

If you have the extra room, the Heritage oak looks fantastic in a mixed planting. You might want to create your own oak savannah as a way to support the local wildlife. For an added benefit, several Heritage oaks could be combined with food-producing shrubs or flowering bulbs. The Heritage oak makes the perfect windbreak or shelterbelt. You can add a few on your property to stop those roaring winds from blowing across your backyard. With its average texture, the Heritage oak can easily blend into any landscape. The oak’s dense monochromatic green foliage can be balanced out with a few coarser shrubs or trees.

Planting & Care

If you want the best results for this Heritage oak, plant it in full sunshine. It can adapt to both moist and dry locations. However, it prefers well-draining soil. At most home locations, this oak tree will thrive. The Heritage oak can live a very long life. Some oak trees have survived for over 300 years. This tree can adapt to those alkaline soils, but it is not particular about any specific soil pH or type. If you want a tree that can handle those urban climates, this is an outstanding choice. The Heritage oak is tolerant of pollution and flourishes in those city environments. It is recommended that you plant this species in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8.

The Heritage oak is a sturdy tree, but pruning can lead to some problems. You should not prune between April to October. If you prune during these times, your tree is susceptible to a disease known as oak wilt. This fungal disease can discolor the leaves and lead to death for the oak tree. During the dormant period of winter, it is the safest time to prune this particular species. The branches can heal from the cutting process and prepare for new growth in the spring. You also want to fertilize this specific oak. In a few years, the Heritage oak will be the centerpiece of your landscape.

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The Heritage oak is an excellent shade tree for those large properties. This durable oak makes a perfect statement in your yard. In addition to that, its acorns provide needed food to the local wildlife in the area. If you want a tree that will last for generations, make sure to choose the Heritage oak for your landscape.

If you are ready to purchase the Heritage oak, Arbor Valley Nursery can help. We can answer all those questions about our trees, plants, and shrubs. To reach out to us, make sure to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Tree
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  • Botanical Pronunciation: Quercus x macdanielii ‘Clemons’
  • Deciduous/evergreen:
  • Growth habit: Slow
  • Average landscape size: 60-80′ tall x 40-50′ wide
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  • Foliage color: Yellow-brown
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  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
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