Dendrology

Red List of US Oaks Published by The Morton Arboretum

One-fourth of the United States’ oak species are now considered of conservation concern, according to data compiled by researchers at The Morton Arboretum for the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species™. Sixteen species of oaks, all in the southern and western U.S., are now classified as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, with another four species deemed Near Threatened. 

First Time Ex-Situ Reproduction of Quercus insignis

An acorn from a specimen of Quercus insignis growing in Hackfalls Arboretum in New Zealand germinated earlier this year. This is very likely the first time this species has successfully reproduced outside its native habitat—and it has done so in a place about as far as you can get from its home in Mexico and Central America. The seedling sprouted in Eastwoodhill Arboretum, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, and will be planted there in due course.

We are currently requesting accessions data, including provenance information, from all gardens that maintain oak species. 

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