As a large part of our oak collection, this collection of 50 different oak species, cultivars, and hybrids, is used to showcase oaks and contribute to oak research. We are displaying and acquiring all oak species for use in a hybridization program that may lead to new oaks with desirable characteristics, such as blue foliage, evergreen leaves, shrubby stature, high pH tolerance, and rapid growth.Learn more (2-minute audio clip)
Our Oak Collection
We provide many wild oak species, hybrids, and cultivars winter hardy in zone 5, available for developing new hybrids of oaks that are adaptable to a range of growing conditions, urban areas, and new home construction sites. Explore the oaks in the Schnee Oak collection.
Collaborating for Conservation
Our oak collection is part of the American Public Gardens Association Plant Collections Network, which coordinates a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation. As a steward of this collection, we provide germplasm, which is the living genetic resources of the plant, such as seeds or tissues, for taxonomic studies, evaluation, breeding and other research.
Peterson Oak Grove
In addition to the Schnee Oak Collection, our Peterson Oak Grove is home to many key species of oaks.