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‘Jillian Oak’, no better name for Nursery’s newest species

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6:04 am

Thinking about planting some trees in your yard, there is no time like the present, and look no further than Elsberry’s own, Forrest Keeling Nursery.

At FKN they offer 21 different oak species RPM produced in their selection of trees. Well renowned professor and author, Dr. Doug Tallamy proclaims that “if you only plant one tree, let it be an oak.” Most FKN oaks are grown in sizes from seedling to 15 gallon to suit any landscape.

Looking for a recommendation, Wayne Lovelace, FKN president, would without a doubt recommend his favorite, the Jillian Oak.

Not only is it his favorite but Lovelace discovered it and is producing it at FKN. At a family residence Lovelace had a hybrid oak involving a Swamp White Oak and Bur Oak, when he realized that after a period of time a Overcup Oak had pollinated with the two making a hybrid species of all three great oaks.

In search of a name Lovelace didn’t have to think long, naming this oak superstar in honor of his granddaughter, Jillian Young, who’s life was cut short at the young age of 17 after a car accident.

Lovelace said, “I came across this oak about a year after she passed away, and what better way to honor her memory than to name it after her.”

The Jillian Oak is a fast growing tree for zones 5-8. The leaves of the tree have the typical, rounded lobes of the bur or overcup, but also have the white color on the underside of the leaf that is a feature of the swamp white. Mature ‘Jillian’ oaks have a strong, pyramidal shape and make a handsome addition to any landscape, rural or urban.

Proceeds from the sale of the Jillian Oak will be donated to the donated Jillian Young Memorial Scholarship that was set up in honor of her. This scholarship has already helped eight deserving Elsberry High School seniors pursue their dreams of attending Mizzou.

Learn more on the Facebook page, ‘Jillian Young Foundation’.