94-12a – One of two planted in 1994 at Oak Ridge, this is the “Late Nut” selection of White Oak (Quercus alba). It was grown from a spontaneous native tree found in Springfield’s Washington Park that matured acorns weeks after other white oaks. If you plant oaks for wildlife value, this trait extends the acorn season much farther into fall and gives wildlife a feeding opportunity after most other acorns have been taken. It is seedling-grown so its exact timing might or might not be identical to that of its parent tree. Plant some of its seeds and find out!
Location: 39.821343 N, 89.661249 W
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