to those who've grown Scarlet Oak from seed...
I saw a while back that one of you (Arktrees, maybe) had grown some Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea) from seed.
I have 8 little Q. coccineas growing right now. All seem pretty healthy, and the first set of leaves is almost full sized. They're moving along slowly due to the rather coolish weather, but seem happy. One is a bit weaker, thanks to the damned cat chewing 2 of its four leaves, but it seems OK so far. One leaf was completely lost, the other is about one-third still there and continuing to grow.
One odd thing is the number of initial leaves - most have 4, a couple have 5, and the tallest one has six.
In your experience, does that vigor continue on through the tree's young life?
Also - how many "flushes" of growth should I expect this year? Even Scarlet Oaks as large as 3" caliper around here usually do 2 flushes (one at leaf-out, and one in early June) per growing season, as long as it's not too dry. I've even seen mature ones flush a second time if we have a moist early summer.