The platonic ideal of an oak?

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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Lucas » Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:55 am


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http://myqualityday.blogspot.ca/2012/10 ... e-oak.html

One of the reasons to plant alba is this color. Another great white.
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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:35 am

Great Post!! Love all the White Oak and other Oak photos. Some of those are huge!!! I have so many Oaks that I really like and of Course Live Oak is one of my favorites. So many Oaks so little time. Lafayette Louisiana- St Johns Cathedral Oak. Larry
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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Lucas » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:32 pm


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They should have called it the Corkscrew Oak. Nice one.
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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Lucas » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:46 pm


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Live oak promenade
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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:56 am

Beautiful!! Makes me want to be there.

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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Lucas » Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:42 pm


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I forgot about this pic because I had seen it a while ago. Despite that mistake, this Swamp Chestnut oak may be the uber oak for its combination of size, scale, setting, beauty and symmetry.

http://forestry.ky.gov/ChampionTrees/Pa ... pions.aspx

It is the KY champion. 112 ft X 120 ft

https://www.google.ca/maps/@38.1075015, ... 312!8i6656

Funny how it doesn't look as huge on streetview.

BTW If anyone has a pile of seed from SCO at the northern extreme of their range, I am interested. I would love to plant some for its fall color and wildlife value.
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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Rand » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:27 am

Found this picture at Monumental Trees. A little different form than our N. American oaks, but it does have it's own particular sort of grandeur about it:
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Chestnut-leaved oak in the Royal Botanic Gardens

This page contains specific information about chestnut-leaved oak (Quercus castaneifolia) '1727', which can be found in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (county of City of London).
This is the National Champion Chestnut Oak of the UK. Here a quotation from "Alan Mitchell's Trees of Britain": "It was introduced to Kew in 1843 and the single tree raised from that seed and planted in 1846 on the Seven Sisters Lawn is a most remarkable tree and the biggest of any sort in Kew." With kind permission from David Alderman and Owen Johnson, Director and Registrar of the Tree Register of the British Isles. The tree lost a major branch in 2012.
http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/gbr/e ... dens/1727/

(It's worth clicking through to see the other pictures in the Gallery. Jeroen Phillippona is listed in the credits)

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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Erik Danielsen » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:50 am

Rand, that actually reminds me strongly of the growth form I see in some white oaks here, ones that are open-grown but not terribly old or large yet. Of course, as time goes on and they get closer to the scale of this tree, the form changes considerably.

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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Rand » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:26 pm

Erik Danielsen wrote:Rand, that actually reminds me strongly of the growth form I see in some white oaks here, ones that are open-grown but not terribly old or large yet. Of course, as time goes on and they get closer to the scale of this tree, the form changes considerably.
Well, sure, the overall shape of the crown against the sky is the same, but to my eye the branching is quite different in several ways. The fine branches are a lot denser, and the intermediate sized limbs are a lot more wavy than what you usually see. Looks a bit like Norway maple really.

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Re: The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Joe » Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:02 pm

Lucas wrote: The platonic ideal of a oak?
Platonic ideal? Makes me think of cat and dog shows. :)
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