I am considering purchasing a field grown Cathedral Live Oak, I think the tree is gorgeous and has a lot of potential but I have three concerns. I will list each concern below with supporting images and then end with a couple images showing the entire tree.
Please respond with any comments about these concerns.
1. Dark spots at the main forks. The trees in the field are covered in Spanish Moss and it seems like it stays pretty humid with damp soil.
2. It's hard to see in the picture but it looks like someone pruned off these two branches that seem to be dead. Wondering if these branches are in fact dead or just not growing leaves. It seems like having a dead branch would be a bad sign this early in age.
3. The main leader branch seems to be a bit squiggly This was one thing I didn't notice on other trees. The main leader seems to be in a battle between staying as one branch and breaking off into two. It does eventually break off but it looks like the two branches did not separate cleanly