Oak (QUERCES X WAREI) - 'Kindred Spirit'
Kindred Spirit® Oak is a hybrid of a Swamp Oak (Q. bicolor) and the Columnar English Oak (Q. robur 'Fastigiata'). It has a columnar growth habit and it was bred to be powdery mildew resistant. Even though it is a hybrid it still produces acorns that provide a food source for small mammals. Once established it is drought tolerant and it does tolerate clay soils and salt well. Fast growing and very narrow, this tree sports glossy, dark green large-lobed leaves that turn an outstanding red in the fall. It has strong branches stemming from a strong central leader and is also resistant to drought.
The columnar shape of Kindred Spirit® Oak reaches a mature height of 30 feet and spread of 6 feet. Rated at USDA Hardiness Zone 4a, this tree makes an excellent ornamental in the landscape and is highly resistant to mildew and drought. This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH and is highly tolerant of urban pollution. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should NOT be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to approximately 150 years or more making this a heritage tree for future generations. Also called 'Ware's Oak' or 'Hybrid Oak'.
Kindred Spirit Oak looks best without pruning, but will tolerate it. It needs only occasional maintenance and upkeep and is a good choice for attracting squirrels to your yard. Excellent used as a vertical accent or a hedge or privacy screen.