Crimson Spire Oak (Quercus robur x Q. alba ‘Crimschmidt’) earns high praise from Brian Minter, international horticultural expert and proprietor of the world-renowned Minter Gardens. He calls it “a rare jewel:” of a tree, well suited for container culture and perfect for creating privacy screens in today’s compact landscapes.
“In the ground it will grow to 15m (49’) tall and about 4-5m (13.1-16.4’) wide,” he says. “But in a container, it will remain much more compact and narrow.
Minter admires its dark green to bluish-green foliage that turns rusty red in autumn. He also appreciates its dense branch structure, stating that, “its tight-branched form looks good all year but especially in winter.”
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