07/24/2023 blackjack oak!

A blackjack oak seedling has six leaves on its thin and barely visible stem. It is growing in the shade surrounded by dry red oak leaves from last season.
This beautiful young friend has obviously been growing for a while since it has half a dozen leaves, but I only spotted it recently. We had planted blackjack acorns under the red oak in several places in hopes of starting a grove (they’ll probably stay understory height until the red oak dies in the hopefully long-distant future). this one is north of the blackberries and south of the one beautyberry.

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