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I have been designing and marketing tree tubes for more than 22 years, and I have seen some amazing tree growth - but this might take the cake.
The Tubex Combitube Treeshelter in the photo above is 4ft tall. That means the tree growing inside of it is a good 8ft tall.
That tree was 18 inches tall when it was planted. Here's the question: Do you think it was planted in spring 2010 (two growing seasons) or spring 2009 (three growing seasons)? Either one would be impressive.
But both answers are wrong. The tree was planting in spring 2011. In one season it grew 6 1/2 feet!!
As Paul Harvey would say, here's "The Rest of the Story:"
The planting stock is from Mossy Oak's Nativ Nurseries. It is a hybrid oak, Overcup x White oak. Oak naturally hybridize in the wild. The offspring of those hybrids often exhibit fast growth. Nativ Nurseries hand selects acorns from naturally occurring hybrids that have shown fast growth and prodigious acorn production.
The seedlings were given granular fertilizer at planting time, and have not been fertilized since.
The seedlings were not watered.
Weeds and grasses were aggressively controlled (thanks to the tree tubes which make it easy to located seedlings and shield them from herbicide spray).
And, of course, they were given the very best Tree Tubes on the market: Tubex Combitube Treeshelters from Wilson Forestry Supply.
We're less than one year since this tree was an acorn! My guess is that it will be producing its own acorns at 3 or 4 years of age!