explain this unique hybrid oak, lets first go over the two trees that
the comprise the Compton. Overcup is tolerant of poor drainage more so
than any other oak (it grows in just about anything but standing water,
and can handle annual dormant season flooding more than any other oak),
but most game eat its acorns as a last resort. Overcup planted in
landscapes can grow just about anywhere including hilltops. Live
oaks are also extremely site tolerant, but prefer better drainage in
moist sites than overcup. Live oak is extremely productive as far as
mast is concerned, and deer (also other game) love its acorns. Humans
love the evergreen foliage and wide spreading habit known only in the
take all the “good” traits of both parents and in some cases actually
improve those traits. These traits include faster growth than both
parents, a usually larger, tastier acorn than both parents (some trees
have quarter sized acorns), and heavy production. Variation among
trees is typical (some lean more toward live oak, some a perfect mix,
some more like overcup). Variation is great because some may drop
acorns on years when others don’t produce. TREE SIZE UPON DELIVERY - RAPID MAST SEEDLING 10"+
||5 - 9
||4.5 - 6.5
||60' - 80'
||Acorns important source of food for deer, wild turkey, northern bob white, black bear, ducks.
on many sites. Tolerant of poorer sites once established. Naturally
occurs on low ground but doesn't tolerate long durations of flooding.
||mid October - December