Black Oak Tree

Black Oak Tree

The Black Oak

The Black Oak is more commonly known as the California Black Oak and is sometimes referred to as Kellogg Oak. This oak belongs to the family of red oak and is native to western North America. It is closely related to the same species found in Eastern and Central North America.

This tree is deciduous and generally grows to be anywhere from 9 to 25 meters high with a diameter of about 1.4 meters. Larger trees actually can be 36 meters high and 1.6 meters in diameter. If the tree grows in a poor site it will form a cleaning in place.

Black Oaks grow in open space and they have a broad rounded crown, and their lower branches will bow low enough to touch the ground. If growing in closed stands, the crown is thin and narrow, while the trees are young and then be somewhat irregular wide once they age.

Appearance

Trunks of Black Oaks are generally branched and often in older trees tend to die off and be hollow. The younger trees have very thin, smooth bark growing moderately thick, laminated and deeply fissured with age.

This oak can grow one or more vertical roots that penetrate through the substrate using the spread of lateral roots that appear in the vertical. There are also plenty of shallow roots.

The acorns of these trees coming are very large for the species. The leaves are deeply lobed. These trees can live for at least five hundred years.

Flowering and fruiting

This species of oak is monoecious, so that the flowers and catkins develop and emerge before or nearly simultaneously with the leaves in April or May. The fruit is an acorn-shaped and occurs either alone or in groups of two to five years. Matures in two years. The acorns are brown when ripe and tend to be mature in August or late October depending on where the tree is located.

Ecology

The Black Oak is most critical to many forms of wildlife. In the grasslands and forests California oaks are the most important food source for wildlife, while also providing shelter. These trees take up more of the surface total in California than any other hardwood species. Livestock also use the black oak for their food and cover during the summer months.

The Black-tailed deer and western gray squirrel get almost fifty percent of its winter and fall diets of acorns of black oak trees. These acorns are so important as the size of the harvest, the survival rates of offspring may increase or decrease.

Uses

Acorns given by this oak is better than the other species when it comes to making acorn flour. The wood of this oak is used to make furniture, pallets, cabinets, and high quality wood and wood industrial. It can also be used as fuel. This kind of black oak makes twenty-nine percent of the sources of hardwood in California, and most sawn timber is timber.

Privacy Trees

Privacy Trees

I need some privacy trees! Looking out at my boring flat green lawn is one thing but beyond that is the gorgeous road. Well… I would not call it gorgeous… more like ugly, and noisy! Then of course across the street are my neighbor’s houses which really do not make the best of views. Don’t get me wrong I live in a beautiful subdivision but I still feel that nagging desire to plant some nice trees for privacy.

There are a variety of fast growing privacy trees at the local tree nurseries but none of them seem just right for me. I do not really have the patience to wait years to grow beautiful tall privacy trees. I also considered the more typical privacy shrubs trees style but I really have fallen in love with the idea of big shade privacy trees.

So my search for the best privacy trees begins and naturally I turn to the internet for some inspiration! They have everything online after all and what better way to also find cheap privacy trees. My first thought was that I want to think about how I would go about landscaping privacy trees in my yard. My yard is fairly large in the front and established trees might be best in my opinion to avoid years of waiting for large privacy trees.

My next step was to research good privacy trees used for privacy in my region which happens to be in the south east. I wanted trees that provide privacy which also were easy to maintain and not easy to kill… I don’t have much of a green thumb! I admit I am instantly drawn to varieties of oak, especially those grand live oak trees that bring to mind old photographs of gorgeous southern plantation homes.

Digging in a little deeper in my search for the best trees to plant for privacy in my yard I find out there are three types of live oaks that a tree nursery provides. One is called a Highrise live oak tree and it is one of the more narrow privacy trees. Then there is a Standard live oak which is allowed to develop naturally. Finally my favorite one which is called a Cathedral live oak which is tall and dense, perfect for blocking out noise and providing good privacy.

Now I know what I want but I need to research where to buy privacy trees that deliver to my location and then of course a service which offers planting privacy trees for me, since the trees would already be large, just what I want. Obviously this took me a while to do and I made several phone calls to compare cost but I finally settled on a company called Southern Pride Tree Farm out of this little town I never heard of before called Bell, Florida.

They seemed to know more about their live oak trees than other nurseries and more importantly… assured me they would explain exactly how to care for it! Sigh of relief here, I hate to be a burden but I am just not great with live plants. All of the plants in my house are plastic. Now I am just waiting on my order which I am having delivered next week and I will update the blog when I get my new live oak privacy trees.

Privacy Trees For My Yard

Privacy Trees For My Yard

“I need some privacy trees!”

Looking out at my boring, flat green lawn is one thing but beyond that is the gorgeous road. Well… I would not call it gorgeous… more like ugly, and noisy! Then of course across the street are my neighbor’s houses which really do not make the best of views. Don’t get me wrong I live in a beautiful subdivision but I still feel that nagging desire to plant some nice privacy trees.

There are a variety of fast growing privacy trees at the local tree nurseries but none of them seem just right for me. I do not really have the patience to wait years to grow beautiful tall privacy trees. I also considered the more typical privacy shrubs trees style but I really have fallen in love with the idea of big shade privacy trees.

So my search for the best privacy trees begins and naturally, I turn to the internet for some inspiration! They have everything online after all and what better way to also find cheap privacy trees. My first thought was that I want to think about how I would go about landscaping privacy trees in my yard. My yard is fairly large in the front and purchasing mature trees might be best to avoid years of growing and waiting for large privacy trees.

My next step was researching good trees that are used for privacy in my region which happens to be in the south east United States. I wanted trees that provide privacy which also were easy to maintain and not easy to kill… I don’t have much of a green thumb! I admit I am instantly drawn to varieties of oak, especially those grand live oak trees that bring to mind old photographs of gorgeous southern plantation homes.

Digging in a little deeper in my search for the best trees to plant for privacy in my yard I find out there are three types of live oaks that a tree nursery provides. One is called a Highrise Live Oak tree and it is one of the more narrow privacy trees. Then there is a standard live oak which is allowed to develop naturally. Finally my favorite one which is called a Cathedral Live Oak which is tall and dense, perfect for blocking out noise and providing good privacy.

Now, I know what I want but I need to research where to buy privacy trees that deliver to my location and then of course a service which offers planting these privacy trees for me, since the trees would already be large, just what I want. Obviously this took me a while to do and I made several phone calls to compare cost but I finally settled on a company called Southern Pride Tree Farm out of this little town I never heard of before called Bell Florida.

They seemed to know more about their live oak trees than other nurseries and more importantly… assured me they would explain exactly how to care for it! Sigh of relief here, I hate to be a burden but I am just not great with live plants. All of the plants in my house are plastic. Now I am just waiting on my order which I am having delivered next week and I will update the blog when I get my new live oak privacy trees.

– A short story from a satisfied Southern Pride Tree Farm customer