94–06 – The small southwestern Texas Shumard Oak (Quercus buckleyi) has proven to be hardy in Illinois and clings to its foliage through much of the winter, a trait called marcescence. This offers shelter for wildlife and a very late extension of its rich red fall color. The tree also is tolerant of drought and alkaline conditions, making it well adapted to many Illinois prairie soils. Our tree was grown from second-year seed found on wild trees at the San Antonio Botanical Center.
Location: 39.821230 N, 89.662747 W
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