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Old Today, 06:42 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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It should be cool, but not cold. You want the roots to grow before the ground freezes.
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Old Today, 07:09 PM
Location: Central IL
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Originally Posted by Zoisite View Post
I'm aware of that. But the OP said in his first post that his oak is Quercus robur, and that's different from the coastal Garry oaks or any of the Midwestern oaks. Quercus robur is the old European white common oak, aka Old English oak, which often grows into many unusual shapes and heights and may live for many centuries. Quercus robur is historically noted for so many of them growing into mushroom shaped squat and bushy spreading giants with trunks with a circumference of massive proportions while having thick, fat branches growing very low down on the trunk and nearly horizontal to the ground. Here is a growing profile for the tree: https://www.thespruce.com/english-oa...rofile-3269330

Note the two different examples of Quercus robur below.

If left to it's own devices and branches not being broken or cut, robur may put out branches starting right at ground level like this one (which is what OP's oak is doing):

If the very lowest branches are broken by nature or trimmed off, or if the tree grows for many decades or even centuries, the tree grows into the following shape (those are cows on the ground, to give you an idea of the true size of the tree):

What a beautiful old oak - magnificent!
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