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English Oak        

Quercus robur

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English Oak is a member of the Quercus family. Its botanical name is Quercus robur.

Deciduous tree with heavy and spreading, twisting, branches and a broad crown. Thick ridged bark, brown buds and lobed leathery leaves. Male catkins in the late spring wind pollenate tiny female flowers (male and female flowers on the same tree) to give woody acorns in the late autumn. Oak apples and spangal galls are growths that are made by the tree in response to the presence of an insect.

The acorns of this tree are a valuable food source for various small mammals and birds, however the tree may take up to 20 years to produce its fruit.1

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Bright green and   Green-yellow and   Ruddy brown. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Light brown and   Traditional brown. Leaves usually appear in   Kelly green and   Dark spring green

English Oak grows as a deciduous and is a flowering non-edible ornamental. Being a Deciduous plant, it will shed its leaves annually.

English Oak is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 38.00 metres (123.50 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring, followed by first harvests in late autumn.

Try planting English Oak if you'd like to attract birds to your garden.

United Kingdom is believed to be where English Oak originates from.

English Oak is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about English Oak have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow English Oak

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Protect the young tree from browsing animals and water during the first season.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. The USDA Zones typically associated with English Oak are Zone 4 and Zone 8. English Oak is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for English Oak to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing English Oak from seed

Collect the acorns as they fall ripe from the tree in late autumn. Germinates easily from fresh seed, do not allow the acorns to dry out.

Transplanting English Oak

If germinating in a pot, do not allow the tap root to become restricted, grow on into a deep pot. Plant out into a carefully, the following spring, chose the site carefully with enough room to spread and grow. Protect against browsing animals.

English Oak is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Seed Saving English Oak

Acorns need to be planted fresh and do not store well

How long does English Oak take to grow?

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English Oak Etymology

‘robur’ means oak wood.
‘peduncle’ refers to the stalk on the acorn cup (no stalk on the sessile oak acorn cup)

English Oak Folklore & Trivia

Often the most valuable forestry tree. Long lived and can be pollarded. Supports a multitude of insects.

Other names for English Oak

Oak, Pedunculate Oak, Common Oak,

Quercus robur L.

Misspellings: Quercus rober

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