I planted Nuttall Oak (Quercus nuttallii/texana). This species is currently something of a darling among the landscaping and Quality Deer Management folks.
|Fall color. Photo taken November 9, 2014.|
|Photo courtesy of Lucky Pittman. This Q. nuttallii from Macon, Mississippi is still dropping acorns on March 14.|
This species is not native to Michigan. Biologists contend that Mexico is the epicenter of Quercus diversity. The further one gets from Mexico the fewer species one encounters and the more uniform each species becomes. According to this site, Texas has 35 species of oak compared to Michigan's 9 species. I suspect that this species would already be in Michigan if the Mississippi river flowed south-to-north. Since it does not, I am helping God out by using the services of the UPS.