Log in

Editor's Picks

Allan Taylor
A long-standing member of the IOS and fomer editor of Oak...
Panayoti Kelaidis | Dec 17, 2022
img_1085.jpg
A new study resolves many nomenclatural problems in the...
Carlos Vila-Viçosa | Dec 09, 2022
The team at SDZWA
Christy Powell of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance works...
Amy Byrne | Dec 06, 2022

Plant Focus

Quercus macdougallii
A rare oak endemic to the Sierra Juárez in Oaxaca

Arboretum de Chocha, France

PDF icon Full text available for IOS members only. If you are a member, you need to log in.

To create an account click here; if you have already registered, click here to become a member.

Individual articles can be purchased for U$S 10. If you would like to purchase an article, email a request to website@internationaloaksociety.org

Michel Duhart

Published May 2022 in International Oaks No. 33: 117–126

Introduction

I have always been drawn to trees. I remember planting a Quercus rubra in my family’s

garden when I was five years old. Now it’s huge!

In 1975, I came into the possession of a plot of land on the outskirts of Ustaritz in the French Basque Country where I could create a small arboretum. The plot’s dimensions, orientation and composition were a rather good match for my projects: three hectares along a north-south slope with moderately acidic soil (pH 5-6). Vegetation in the Basque Country enjoys a fairly favorable climate with relatively mild winters, bright sunshine and lots of it, and high annual rainfall (approximately 1,500 mm per year).