98-03 – This is the “Late Nut” selection of White Oak (Quercus alba) and part of a second planting here, four years after the first ones. 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. This later specimen has surpassed the growth of the first batch and has outstanding fall color, and is considered to be a superior tree.
Location: 39.821207 N, 89.659685 W
Map: Get walking directions here.