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Ok, so I'm one of the guilty LURKERS here ;D... and I have appreciated all the things I've learned while doing so.
I will try to be more involved ::)

Here is my cork bark oak.  I picked this up from Bob Potts when he was thru the area this past spring.  I immediately chopped most of the rootball and tap roots off and put it in a oversized pot for this year.  It must have been the right timing for the tree, as it took right off.  It put on so much growth, that it's been wired 3 times so far. 

My inspiration for this tree was the Tucker oak that is on display at the Weyerhaeuser exhibit. That tree is amazing.  Although this tree will never have the deadwood, and intricate foldings,  looking at it brings the Tucker oak to my mind.  I was lucky enough to have Owen's help getting it started in this direction while he was through town. 
I hope to be able to keep this in the cold greenhouse this winter, but am wondering if anyone has had problems keeping them through a winter in a similar climate.  Now that I'm starting to like this one, I may do better protection to keep it from an freezes...
A quick progression, and a photo of the Tucker.

Wow!  Thank you for sharing the picture of the Tucker Oak.  That tree is fantastic!

I like your tree.  There's good movement and the foliage seems to be shaping up to build a very believable crown.  I don't have any experience with that species so I can't offer any advice.  Its just praise from me this time!

Joshua Hanzman:
That really is amazing, I love quercus, and there are tons around me, I like mulberry for the same reason, similar leaves and bark... but I've heard that horticulturally they are difficult, do you find them that much more of a challenge than other common species? What strategies do you take differently for them than other species?

Looking at the difference between third and fourth pictures,I can see that the trunk has thickened considerably despite small pot culture, are they similar to fagus in that respect?

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Hi Joshua,
I have not had any problems with this at all, now granted it's my first year with my first one, but it's outpacing almost everything else I have.  Very easy care, and easy to shape if you keep at it when it's limber.  The worst problem is you have to check it so often for the wire cutting in because it grows so fast.  This is suber, a cork oak, not at all like a mulberry (I have them too) but there are other good oaks for bonsai.

The fourth picture is a tree (not mine) that is in the Weyerhaeuser exhibit in Seattle WA.  This is a photo that I took when we visited 2 years ago.  It is astonishing to see in person, and it served as my inspiration for the style of my cork oak that are the first 3 photos. 

Hi Judy

I like the progression of you suber, I think its headed in the right direction ;)
I have 3 of them in very early stages of developement...they trunk up really fast and if you want reasonable taper you have to pinch the top back and let the bottom branches grow. Where im at, the winters worst is around minus 8 celcius, and even with frost on them all three made it through without missing a beat.

May I ask, what do you feed your suber?



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