and am trying to choose a variety. I am looking for a large tree form oak. The conditions are dry, sandy and full sun with little soil. Red oaks do very well nearby but their acorns taste horrible, no matter how many I try I'm too lazy to spend the time processing them and I figure planting a single sweet oak would save a lot of effort.
I would consider a chestnut too, there's no blight in our area (yet).
have never tried the sweet oaks but have planted several white oaks from acorns and they grew well and quite fast (they aren't as fast as others but well worth growing in your lifetime if you are fairly young, started mine in the 70's).
Bloom where you are planted.
Location: Nova Scotia
posted 8 years ago
I was just using the term "sweet oak" to designate any oak with sweet acorns. That's most of the white oaks and some cultivated red oaks.
Have you tried the acorns from your oaks? You crack the outside shell (really easy, I do it with my teeth with no worries) and there's nutmeat inside. Since they are white oaks, you might get lucky; I've read that edibility varies considerably from one individual tree to the nest. Tannins make the acorns bitter so you can wash the bitterness out but I'm looking for some with naturally low tannin.
I don't have experience with oaks: the one seedling I planted is years from producing acorns. but I do have a bit of experience with chestnuts. unfortunately, the chestnuts I've got are far older than I am, so I don't have a lot of cultural advice for starting from scratch. they like well drained dirt.