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English Oak (Quercus robur)

English Oak
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These famous trees are commonly found across the UK

- Large branches of the English oak rise up to 115ft (35m) from a short trunk to form a massive crown

- Although it will grow on most soils, it thrives best on stiff loam

- Once used for shipbuilding it is still used for panelling and furniture


The defining characteristics of the English Oak include the alternate and almost stalk less leaves. They have small ears at the bottom of the leaf and four or five lobes on each side. The acorns often occur in pairs on a long stalk, this distinguishes it from the Sessile Oak that has stalk less acorns.

It is possible for a mature English oak to reach a spread of 45 metres. This is usually only the case for oaks growing in open areas when mature long-lived dome headed trees can become wider than they are high. In comparison, woodland oak is tall and slender.

The expected growth rate of the English oak is just over 0.5m per year. Growing to 6m after 10 years and 11m after 20 years.

The female flowers are found near the end of each twig and are reddish-brown in colour. The male flowers hang down on bright green catkins. The flowering month is May and, being a deciduous tree, it sheds its leaves in the autumn, usually around November.

Related Links

- Ohio Trees: English Oak
- WikiPedia: English Oak


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