Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days , or until radicle emergence
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification
Introducing the Quercus robur var. x Strypemonde Strypemonde English Oak - a fascinating cross of two very different oaks! This large deciduous tree can grow up to 35 meters tall, with lobed and nearly sessile leaves 7-14 cm long. While the resulting seedlings may exhibit traits of either parent or both, one thing is for sure - it will be fun to find out!
Not only is the Quercus robur var. x Strypemonde Strypemonde English Oak a beautiful ornamental tree, but it is also cultivated for forestry and produces a long-lasting and durable heartwood, highly sought after for interior and furniture work. Plus, it hosts the highest biodiversity of insect herbivores of any British plant, making it an important element in many ecosystems.
Let's not forget about the acorns - a valuable food resource for several small mammals and some birds, notably Eurasian Jays Garrulus glandarius. And if you're looking for an old oak tree, the Quercus robur species has some of the oldest in Europe, with specimens in Lithuania, Denmark, and Sweden estimated to be over 1,200 years old.
If you're looking for something a little more unique, the Quercus robur var. x Strypemonde Strypemonde English Oak has deep purple foliage upon emergence in the spring, which turns more green as the season progresses, but still retains a hint of red. Keep in mind that as seeds from a grafted variety, the resulting seedlings may not be true to name, adding an element of unpredictability to this already fascinating tree.
Overall, the Quercus robur var. x Strypemonde Strypemonde English Oak is a beautiful and fascinating addition to any landscape, with the potential for unique and unpredictable characteristics that make it all the more special.