gary reif wrote:Are there any fast growing oaks?thanks
Laurel oak -Quercus hemisphaerica- is a moderate to fast growing oak. In good conditions I have seen it grow as fast as poplar. It has a relatively narrow range though. Not only does it require warmer areas, it also does best in very dry sandy soil.
"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system."-Bill Mollison
The oak tree should sue poets for damages. Poets have used the oak tree as the symbol for slowness-sturdy and strong, yes, but so slow, so slow! The reiterations of poetry may be responsible for the fact that most people think of this tree as impossibly slow when one suggests it as the basis of an agricultural crop.
On the contrary the facts about the oak are quite otherwise. I am sure no poet ever grew a grove of the faster growing varieties for he would have put speed into his oak poetry.
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