Myrtle Oak Quercus Myrtifolia 20 Seeds
Myrtle Oak Quercus Myrtifolia 20 Seeds
Myrtle Oak Quercus Myrtifolia 20 Seeds
Myrtle Oak Quercus Myrtifolia 20 Seeds

Myrtle Oak Quercus Myrtifolia 20 Seeds

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Quercus myrtifolia, commonly known as myrtle oak, is a small, often shrubby, evergreen oak with a spreading rounded crown and smooth dark brown bark. It is part of the red oak group. It typically matures to 15-20’ tall and 8-10’ wide, but occasionally rises to as much as 35’ tall. It is native to dry sandy soils of dunes, sandhills, dry ridges and hammocks, from sea level to 350’ in elevation, primarily along the coastal plain from South Carolina to southern Florida west to Alabama and Mississippi plus some off-shore islands where it often forms extensive thickets. Myrtle oak features shiny, leathery leaves (to 2” long) which are dark green above and yellow-green to orange-brown beneath. Leaves are obovate with bristle at the rounded tip. Untoothed margins are rolled under. Foliage is considered to be evergreen (leaves persist on the tree until new growth commences in spring). Inconspicuous, ornamentally insignificant green flowers bloom in April-May. Flowers are followed by ovoid to globular acorns (to 1/2” long) which mature in two years on the previous year’s branchlets. A saucer-shaped cup encloses from 1/4 to 1/3 of each acorn. Trunks are often coated with lichens when mature. Winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-10 where it is best grown in sandy, moist to dry, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Established plants have good drought tolerance.


 

Growing Instructions for the Myrtle Oak

  

The seeds need to be planted when received or stored in a refrigerator until they are planted. 1. The seeds like moist, sandy, well-drained soil. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Use a sterile seed starter mix, if available. It prevents soil pathogens from damaging the seeds and the seedlings. If not available, then make a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 2. Put the soil in a pot. 3. Put the seeds on the soil. 4. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 5. Water the seeds. Keep the soil moist but not wet. 6. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. 7. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.