Spring at the Nursery, April 2019

Some photos of the nursery coming to life in early April after a long, cold winter!.

WHN in the Landscape, March 2019

These two photos of 3” Quercus falcata are among nine of these trees planted at this data center in Loudoun County, Virginia in a mass planting of over a thousand 3” caliper shade and ornamental trees. We are pleased that some of our native species could find their way onto this commercial site and help provide native species and diversity to the planting mix.

Loading in the Mud and Snow, 9th March 2019

At the end of February, we had our big spring digging push. These photos of the nursery from last Saturday (Sat 9 March 2019) show us moving the dug trees from the fields to the staging areas. As you can see it was very muddy, which has hampered our efficiency in hauling trees for staging and shipping. But the light coating of snow does highlight the great, uniform structure we achieve with our native trees through thoughtful and regular pruning regimens.

Spring Digging, 2d March 2019

Spring digging underway!

Arlington Tree Stewards, late February 2019

In late February 2019, we again hosted the Arlington Tree Stewards, who tagged approximately one hundred native trees from 1” to 2½” caliper for spring 2019. WHN has been proud to continue this relationship along with South Riding Nurseries and Davey Tree.

Around the Farm, 2d February 2019, pt 2

More late-winter 2019 photos from around the farm!

Featured Native: Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata)

Quercus falcata in summer.

Quercus falcata is a little-known species in the mid-Atlantic that has gained in popularity in recent years as a great landscape tree for larger spaces.  Commonly known as southern red oak or Spanish oak (Spanish not because of being native to Spain, but rather because it is a common woodland tree in areas of the country originally ruled by Spain) is native to a broad swath of the southeast, from central New Jersey westward to southern Illinois and Missouri and southward through Oklahoma, Texas and the Gulf Coast as far as central Florida.  Compared with the more-familiar northern red oak (Quercus rubra), Q. falcata has distinctive shiny green leaves with 3-5 deep, sickle-like, bristle-tipped lobes that give an appearance (according to some) not unlike that of a guitar.

The leaves are often somewhat droopy and turn reddish-brown in the autumn, then slowly fall over the winter.

In its native range, the southern red oak prefers well-drained sites and is often found in dry, poor soils where it out-competes many other native hardwoods.  These characteristics make it an ideal specimen for urban and suburban sites where soils have been disturbed and watering may be irregular; once established it is quite tolerant of neglect.

Quercus falcata showing autumn color.

A medium grower, with room it develops an open, irregularly oval crown with the coarse texture typical of red oaks and typically matures at a height of 60-80 feet with a spread two-thirds the height in the landscape. As a shade or specimen tree; southern red oaks typically do not display surface roots and feature well-spaced upright branches, thus allowing activity under the canopy.  The thick, furrowed bark is marked with shallow ridges and brownish-gray to black color adds interest throughout the year.

In southern forests, this species can grow quite large.  The US champion in Upton County, Georgia has a height of 137 feet and a spread of 118 feet with a circumference of 28½ feet.

Historically, the heavy, strong wood of southern red oak was used for fence posts, heating fuel, and general construction.  The coarse grain and open pore structure makes the dried timber useful for fine carpentry as it takes both stain and glue well.  Native Americans used both the acorns and bark for medicinal and occasionally food uses, while the acorns are an important food source for turkey, squirrel, rabbit, white-tail deer and black bears.

Quercus falcata in winter.

White House Natives supplies Quercus falcata in a range of sizes including 2”, 2½” and 3” caliper.  All sizes are part of our regular and rigorous pruning program, so the trees you receive are landscape ready and are sure to make an impression on your next project.

Quercus falcata; leaf.

 

 

Around the Farm, 2d February 2019, pt 1

We’re well underway in our winter pruning.  At WHN, each and every plant is pruned every winter when branches are bare to ensure great branching and structure in everything you receive.  More pictures to come!

Shen-Paco Christmas Lunch, 2018

WHN celebrated the end of a wet, but successful year with our partners from Shen-Paco on Thursday December 13th. Eric and Cody cooked lunch for everyone and handed out new hats and pullovers for the entire team. These ten hard-working individuals help us with the many hands-on tasks that are required to grow and cultivate a quality native tree. We are thankful for their help and it has been our pleasure to see their happiness and watch them grow along side our trees.

Merry Christmas to all!