White Oak Genetics and Tree Improvement Project Update

As of May 7, 24% of 17,000 acorns that were collected last fall from 91 parent trees across nine states had begun to emerge as new seedlings! White oak twigs (scions) collected from 21 of these sources representing 6 states were grafted onto bur oak and swamp white oak root stock to start a clone bank. The white oak seedlings will be outplanted into progeny tests to start phase 2 of the project. A large “master” progeny test in Kentucky, and many smaller, regional progeny tests spread throughout the geographic range of white oak will be established. For a complete update or to find out how you can assist and even become a part of this project go to