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On the Hunt for Hybrids

Quercus ×egglestonii in Fairview Park in Columbia, Missouri.

Mississippi OOD 2014

The Mississippi Oak Open Days was a great experience represented by attendees from eight states. The weather cooperated nicely and though there had been several days of rain prior to the tours, the weather broke and we had two sunny days of mid to upper 80’s. We were treated to a welcome reception hosted by the Mossy Oak crew in an 1832 American Chestnut log cabin and enjoyed an impromptu tour of several spectacular oaks on the property. The second day we toured a private property filled with unusual species, and saw a number of interesting oaks around the West Point area.

Scouting trip for OOD

I recently went on a scouting trip to Mississippi to plan for an upcoming Oak Open Day. I had been there two years earlier and that is when I got the idea for a tour. I met my good friend Dudley Phelps, who runs Mossy Oak’s Nativ Nursery, and we grafted some of their special hybrid oaks. These oaks have been hand selected by the Nativ Nursery staff for their wildlife benefits such as early or late dropping acorns, or especially heavy masting trees.

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