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Kindred Spirit Oak

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Kindred Spirit Oak (Quercus robur x macrocarpa ‘Kindred Spirit’)This fast growing variety has a very narrow, columnar habit; glossy, dark green foliage turns bright red-orange in fall; strong branching and a high resistance to mildew and drought make this a great selection as a landscape accent

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
40 feet
Average Landscape Width:
7 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Quercus
Species:
x warei
Cultivar:
Nadler
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
red
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Ware's Oak, Hybrid Oak
Branching:
excurrent
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Kindred Spirit Oak is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive dark green foliage with silver undersides. The large lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Kindred Spirit Oak is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Kindred Spirit Oak will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 150 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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