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Mar 30, 2018 11:37 AM CST
Austin
I was given this sapling from my local recycling center when I took in the Christmas tree. What is it? Thank you, Ellen in central Texas
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Mar 30, 2018 11:54 AM CST
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It looks like an Oak tree...Quercus sp.
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Mar 30, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I agree Some kind of Oak.
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Mar 30, 2018 5:20 PM CST
Name: Rj
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The oak sapling looks way to close to the building, just saying.
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Mar 30, 2018 5:39 PM CST
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I'm not good with Oak but could that be a Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)? The way the leaves are incised should be some kinda id indicator.
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Mar 30, 2018 10:44 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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certainly an oak, and yes way too close to the building, but may still be in a pot yet?
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Mar 31, 2018 6:40 AM CST
Austin
Hi, thanks for the replies. That is actually the backyard fence a couple feet behind the tree.
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Mar 31, 2018 10:43 AM CST
Name: Amanda
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In a few short years the oak will be growing against the fence. It needs to be at least 5-6 feet away from the fence, ideally more since the tree will get quite big. Good looking seedling though. Thumbs up
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Mar 31, 2018 1:37 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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If it is a Bur Oak it will be a slower than average grower, but still will need more room - unless you are willing to just let it move the fence out of its way as it grows.
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Mar 31, 2018 9:20 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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That is definitely Quercus macrocarpa, by leaf morphology, conformation of stems, and growing location.

Excellent long term plant investment; as stated, give it plenty of room for long life and prosperity.

Impressive Bur Oak in Bloomington, Illinois - winter aspect
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Same tree - summer splendor
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Interior canopy images
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