Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Valley Oak Starts It’s Journey At Trees That Please Nursery.

The Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) is native to California and has slow to moderate growth reaching up to 40′-50′ tall and wide. It’s leaves are similar to our native Gambel Oak. Leaves display yellow brown fall color. Like most oaks it has deep roots and it is long-lived. The Valley Oak grows best with regular water. Trees That Please Nursery propagates the Valley Oak because it does very well in clay soils and high water table areas.

The picture below shows how a Valley Oak starts it’s journey at Trees That Please Nursery. Acorns from locally grown trees were collected and refrigerated until use. At planting we dust emerging roots with a mycorrhizal inoculant called White Lightning®.

White Lightning® contains Glomus intraradices an Arbuscular Mycorrhizae species and 8 species of Ectomycorrhizae.  Glomus intraradices associates with the vast majority of agricultural short term crops! Ectomycorrhizae associate with many conifers (i.e. hemlocks, firs and spruce) and hardwoods (i.e. pecans and oaks).

For a complete list of plants and how mycorrhizae associate with them,
visit the Soil Secrets web site at:

We inoculate our oaks with White Lightning®  mycorrhizae because of the many benefits they provide including the following:

Increased crop yields
Improved drought tolerance
Improved uptake of mineral nutrients
Improved food nutrient density
Increased Phosphorus uptake
Improved tolerance to environmental stress

For information about this product visit the Soil Secrets Website at:

After acorns are inoculated they are placed into flats
containing a well-drained soil mixture.

Acorns are covered with soils and flats are then grown
 in our heated greenhouse until spring.

In the spring, flats are moved to our production facility for further growth and development. 

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain 
Staff Plant Physiologist

Trees That Please Nursery
Unique Amongst Retail and Wholesale Nurseries

Serving Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Lunas, and Belen


  1. I would not call Valley oak slow. We regularly see mature trees with trunks 4 plus feet thick adding 3 to 4 feet of new growth on every branch in the area around Davis California. Your owner Michael showed us a young tree that reached 40 tall in 10 years in Fred Traugers yard in Albuquerque.

  2. Michael, show us the picture of Fred's tree in his front yard. I've also seen several at your own arboretum in Los Lunas that have reached 40 feet in a dozen years with a big one about 50 feet tall that was planted from seed in January of 1989. Not slow growing at all and in fact champions of fast growth as far as quality hardwood trees are concerned.