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The Buck's Unlimited Oak was developed at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin as a variety of swamp white oak that produces more acorns, sooner. Many oaks do not produce a strong crop of nuts till 15 years, but the Buck's Unlimited Oak ca nproduce acorns at year six. This allows growers a chance of a beneficial nut crop sooner for wildlife such as deer and turkey. Coggeshall examines acorns of the parent trees at HARC.

Research involved Marc Coggeshall, MU assistant research professor of forestry, and other researchers to select varieties that showed more desirable traits. Grafts of scion wood became clones of the favorable trees.

Photo by Kyle Spradley | © 2014 - Curators of the University of Missouri

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