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English Oak In Progress
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:50 PM »
I thought I would post about the english oak that I have growing. Received this from a former club member last summer. First pic is from a few days ago.

Haven't done anything to it since I got it other than cut off some die back from this winter and scrape off the cut paste that was on the big scar to see what was under it. I cut out a bit of the centre to make it more concave and recut the edges of the scar to help with healing (second two pics showing before cut paste removal and after).

It's pretty wild but I don't have any ideas on design just yet. It has some potential for twin trunk, but the smaller trunk is so straight I would need to get on some bending with that asap while it's still small enough to work.

It will need to get repotted next spring as I had to poke some holes with chopsticks into the soil as it's getting a big compacted and making it hard to water.

Anyone else have one of these? Style/Design suggestions? Thoughts?


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Re: English Oak In Progress
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 02:14 AM »
Hi J,

they like a lot of water if they are in a very free draining mix, and they love fertilizer. I really like the bark on mature english oaks. I bought one for myself and one for my fiance 3 years ago, hers grows better than mine even though hers was weaker than mine when I bought them, we treat them exactly the same   ??? they grow fast !

my advice would be to grow this one some more. do some chops every few years to get some taper going and when you are happy with the trunk you can have a look at the rest of the tree and make your decisions as to what style.

your robur looks really healthy

good growing

kind regards


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Re: English Oak In Progress
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2014, 04:02 AM »
Hey J.

  I only killed one collected oak a long time ago. Every rookie mistake!

However. If this were mine, I would let the branch on the inside bend, right side of the cut, help start that callus, but then lop it before it bulges there. Leave left to heal and use.

Maybe do away with those little suckers at the base? They seem to be only stealing energy from that healing.

I would have a hard time looking at an oak that looked like something other than an oak. Except maybe a really gnarled cascade.

Seems Classic shape could be had nicely with yours!.

I really like all the different species you are working with. Always excited to see!




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Re: English Oak In Progress
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 04:07 PM »
Thanks! I was given a lot of trees from a former club member in Vancouver - definitely a big mix!

Some have died with my move away from Vancouver, but some are doing well! I have several maples as well (trident and japanese), but they still need a lot of growing before they get posted on here!

Also just got a ton of seedlings this year that are all zone 3 (so hopefully I won't kill those!).