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Question by nwishon
May 9, 2006
We are finishing landscaping on a commercial bldg. We bought a tree from AB Seed in Greensboro this week. The guy called it a faget(?sp) oak and said it was a new variety. It kinda looks like an oak with rounded small deep green leaves, more pyramid in shape. He said it would only reach appx. 4-5 feet wide and 20 ft tall. It had a Monrovia wrapper on the base. Can you identify this tree or tell me something about it?

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2006
Monrovia sells an oak with the dimensions you describe. It's called a Columnar English Oak (Quercus robur 'Fastigiata'). If this is your tree, it has narrow, upright branches as a young tree, a broader pyramidal form with age. Dark green leaves hold color into fall before dropping. It grows in full sunshine and should be watered deeply when the top 2-3" of soil dries out.

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