In the typical garden of today, there often isn't enough space for an oak. But there are some oaks that have been developed with a narrower, more upright form and one of the best of this group is the 'Regal Prince' hybrid oak, or Quercus robur 'Fastigiata' x bicolor. This majestic oak is a hybrid of an upright English oak, Quercus robur 'Fastigiata', and the American Swamp white oak, Quercus bicolor and shares the best characteristics of both parents. Like its English parent it grows in a very upright form and matures to a slender oval, at or about 50 feet, but with only an 18 foot width. It has handsomely rugged bark and foliage that is dark green above with a silvery underside. And it makes quite a show when a little breeze catches the leaves and sends them waving back and forth, pale silver to dark green. And in autumn these leaves turn a pleasing golden yellow. And like its American parent, this wonderful shade tree is adaptable to most soils, dry and wet, acidic or alkaline, and is highly pest and disease resistant, and, most notably, mildew resistant
'Regal Prince'  is the oak for today's smaller gardens and deserves a place of honor. It has a wide range of adaptability, growing from southern Canada through most the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.


Regal Prince oak

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