|A mature White Oak.|
What an Oak needs
First, what is an Oak? First, an oak has broadleafs. This basically means large leaves, which are unlike conifer or pine trees that have needles for leaves. Secondly, oaks are deciduous, meaning they loose their leaves in the fall and grow new ones in the spring. So an Oak is a broadleaf deciduous tree, what are the requirements for this type of tree? Well, growing leaves on an annual basis takes a lot of time, energy, and resources. So we must plant ourselves in a location with a long growing season, plenty of sun for photosynthetic energy, and plenty of water and nutrients. Deciduous leafs require plenty of water evenly throughout the growing season and can't have extremely hot or cold or dry conditions during the growing season, otherwise they fall off and the trees die. So we can narrow our planting locations down to areas with stable moisture through the growing season and where temperatures consistently are warm but not too warm during growing season.
Summary of broadleaf deciduous requirements
1. Long growing season, 2. Plenty of moisture through out the growing season,
3. Not too hot and not too cold during growing season, 4. Plenty of sun, 5. Good soil.
|An oak forest|