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    Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    I have been given a number of acorns for a hybrid oak that I am told takes back to the 1800's. It is called a Compton Oak Quercus xcomptoniae. I am trying to find out as much as I can about this hybrid species. Can anyone point me towards any information? All of my internet searches so far reference a 270 year old oak that was felled in Beaumont Texas during Rita, and a PDF of a tree walk in Georgia that mentions that they have one. I am told the hybrid is fast growing and deciduous. The acorns are odd looking in that the "cap" covers very nearly the entire nut (2/3+) and vaguely resembles a small fir tree cone (spikey) more than an acorn cap. I am told that the hybrid was probably a cross between a live oak and a water oak but I'm unsure of that. I am also told that the cross was patented back in the 1800's but patent searches for patents that old are difficult because the database has not been built that far back.

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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    I'm afraid I don't know much about Quercus x comptoniae, and I wasn't able to find much on the web, either (beyond general information like on this site.

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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    Hey thanks for the link!

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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    Interesting One. There are about 15 or so pics of
    leaves and acorns and buds . . . at this site :

    http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/cgi/g...ptoniae+campus

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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    Interesting One. There are about 15 or so pics of
    leaves and acorns and buds . . . at this site :

    http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/cgi/g...ptoniae+campus

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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    Thanks for that link as well. Curiously the acorns I have are somewhat different. The cap is much more pronounced and covers about 2/3 of the acorn and the texture of the cap is much rougher, looking almost like a spruce cone. I'll try to snap a few pictures and post them tomorrow.

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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    I believe this to be a compton oak at the University of UT in Knoxville. Not totally positive though!



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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    Compton Oak
    (Quercus x comptoniae)

    Mature Size:60 ft x 60 ft
    Fall Color:Rusty orange to yellow
    Habit:Broad, rounded
    Flower:
    Hardiness:Zone 5b to 8

    A rare hybrid species between the Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) and Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata). The bark, like Overcup Oak, is reminiscent of White Oak, and foliage is a deep, the lustrous dark green leaves persist into December. Very fast growth rate with a central leader and radially spreading branches. And resilience to urban conditions make this an excellent alternative to more common species.

    Click here for a image:
    http://www.usna.usda.gov/graphics/us...ns/0027341.jpg

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    RE: Looking for information about Compton Oaks

    Would anyone be interested in cultivating these? I would be willing to share a few of the acorns I was given. And I may be able to get more.

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