If you have space, this oak will give you one of the best displays of colour, turning deep red and then brown in autumn before falling off the tree. From Spring to Autumn, the dark, thick, lustrous green leaves (grayish-white beneath) with its numerous toothed, pointed lobes are very ornamental.
When the fallen leaves are dried flat under pressure, they can be used for many decorations and craftworks as they have a very decorative contour. Native in Eastern North America, it forms forests on hillsides which are literally red in the Autumn, giving a very peaceful atmosphere.
It often only starts fruiting after two decades but then an abundant acorn crop is produced almost every year. The roasted or cooked seed can be consumed when the bitter tannins are leached out with washing or if the seeds are used after overwintering it in moist sand and used when it starts to germinate. It can be dried, ground into a powder and used as a thickening in stews etc or mixed with cereals for making bread. It can also be a coffee substitute when roasted.
Fast growing and not too fussy to soil conditions, lime tolerant, shade tolerant and it is fully hardy. Looks best in the middle of the lawn, planted solitaire.
Excellent quality, 30-40cm tall plant in an 8cm square pot.
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