5 year old buck +
After walking and looking over all the nut-producing trees I have grown and planted at The Farm, I have come to the following conclusion. I have planted every kind of oak tree I could get my hands on, because I like diversity. I have chinkapins, dwarf chinkapins, sauls, chestnut, white, water, willow, bur, scarlet, southern and northern reds, post, etc. However, for the purpose of feeding deer (and after all that's the main reason I do any of this) going forward I am only going to bother propagating and growing sawtooth oaks and chinese chestnuts. I can take either from seed to nut producer in 5 years and I don't want to wait 50 to see my bur oaks make acorns. Just an observation from 15 years experience.