Myrtle Oak Quercus myrtifolia
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days , or until radicle emergence.
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification.
In a Nutshell:
* Quercus myrtifolia, commonly known as myrtle oak, is a small, often shrubby, evergreen oak with a spreading rounded crown and smooth dark brown bark. It is part of the red oak group. It typically matures to 15-20’ tall and 8-10’ wide, but occasionally rises to as much as 35’ tall.
* It is native to dry sandy soils of dunes, sandhills, dry ridges and hammocks, from sea level to 350’ in elevation, primarily along the coastal plain from South Carolina to southern Florida west to Alabama and Mississippi plus some off-shore islands where it often forms extensive thickets.
* Myrtle oak features shiny, leathery leaves (to 2” long) which are dark green above and yellow-green to orange-brown beneath. Leaves are obovate with bristle at the rounded tip. Untoothed margins are rolled under. Foliage is considered to be evergreen (leaves persist on the tree until new growth commences in spring).
* Small oak accent for dry sunny landscape areas. more...