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Oak - Quercus

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Oak tree

Among the most majestic and traditional trees, oaks are widespread throughout Europe, and the genus has about four hundred species; many of these are also present in Italy in the wild. Most of the oak species are large trees, which can even reach 15-18 meters in height, but there are also more contained species, which remain below 10 meters in height, and others that have a shrubby development.

Typically oaks have leathery, evergreen, dark green leaves, with the presence of some lobes; however, there are species with oval or lanceolate foliage.

The fruit of the quercus is the acorn, a berry topped with scales or a small woody or semi-woody hat; in the past acorns were used for animal feed.

The development of the oaks is very wide and very slow; these extremely beautiful trees are often placed in city parks, and their resistance to bad weather and adverse weather makes them very recent in road trees.


Grow oak trees

In Italian gardens there are generally native species of quercus of extreme beauty; therefore we can place these trees in the garden without problems, as they are perfectly resistant to the cold and the Italian climate. There are certainly some species more suitable for the gardens of northern Italy and others more suitable for the south, in any case they are disease-resistant plants and which require little care.

Young specimens need to be treated more than long-lived plants, of course; as soon as the oaks are planted, they often need a guardian, so that the wind does not undermine the root bread and also to favor a well erect development of the stem. After planting the plant, mix the organic fertilizer with the soil and water. Remember that trees develop a large root system, which allows them to endure cold and drought; it is obvious that a tree that has not been developed for a few months has yet to develop this root system, so we take care to avoid that the plant is subjected to excessive vegetative stress: we water the soil during prolonged drought periods, and we supply fertilizer every 3-4 months, in the form of organic fertilizer or slow release granular fertilizer. After a few years the plant will be perfectly stabilized and will tend to be satisfied with the rains, without requiring further care.

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