Oaktopia

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Davis

English Oak (Q. robur) has been a common target of hybridization, either by being planted in arboreta settings, where acorns are subsequently gather, and grown into nursery stock, or else as direct artificial fertilization, as shown by this tag in the Shields Oak Grove. Dr. Walter Cottam and his colleagues had access to already-established English Oak at the University of Utah, and also to established Mongolian Oak (Q. mongolica). Artificial hybrids were successfully created, and two of them are growing nicely at the Shields Grove.

Dave Muffly