Inside a biosafety research laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, ARS scientists have closely monitored the reactions of saplings of several common oak
species, including white oak, Northern red oak, chestnut oak, cherrybark oak, and coast live oak.
And while the Common Oak
has an acorn crop every year the Western Oak can go for several years without a crop but it had a good one this year.
A common oak
was planted to replace it and after that was moved during the redevelopment of the site, it struggled to survive for another year and it, too, died.
Therefore, I conducted a feeding trial using free-roaming red deer (Cervus elaphus), fallow deer (Dama dama), and sika deer (Cervus nippon) to evaluate effects of marcescent leaves on herbivory of European beech (Fagus sylvatica), hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), and common oak
(Quercus robur) during winter.
A bit big for the average garden you might think, but there are forms like the very narrow variety of the durmast oak (Quercus petraea Columna), and the common oak