Concer about how these oaks will grow


I was out last evening an found that my nuttal oaks I planted last year didn't do so well with the winter I had. It seems that the top parts are dead as hell, but they still have signs of life. My biggest concern is how these will develop "if" they survive. I fear I may end up with nuttal oak bushes! I know I planted these outside of their native area but I took the risk.

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I had some of mine do that. I cut as much dead wood back and try to keep the best looking upright limb to take over and trim some of the bushy limbs. Mine was also nuttalls. They seem to be doing a lot better now after trimming the dead wood back.