Wet Soil: Medium
Dry Soil: Low
One of our two native oaks and indisputably the most abundant. The sheer presence of these enduring giants in our countryside evokes a sense of awe. Despite its relatively slow growth, time is a faithful ally given the oaks ability to last for centuries. In open settings it develops a sprawling, broad canopy adorned with robust branches.
The leaves have minimal leaf stalk and exhibit distinct lobes and boast a rich green hue. They transition into subtle shades of oranges and browns during autumn. Producing both male and female flowers, the delicate male catkins appear alongside leaves in spring, heralding the subsequent arrival of acorns. These fruits borne on stalks, sometimes feature more than one acorn per stalk.
As a sizeable, expansive and long-lived tree, each oak plays a pivotal role by supporting a diverse array of life. Beyond its ecological contributions, such as its cooling effect, ability to regulate water events, carbon absorption, and oxygen generation, the significance of these trees cannot be overstated. Although a recent imported pest, Oak Processionary Moth, poses a threat, the benefits of continued oak populations can not be over-stated. It is imperative that they find broader planting to ensure their vital role in sustaining life and environmental balance is duly acknowledged.
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10m high x 7m wide after 25 years
A common tree, especially in deciduous woodlands. Also great for planting down avenues.
Large, wide and rounded canopy which is variable in form but always majestic.
Shallowly lobed and ear-shaped at the base.
Will be come gnarled as the tree matures.
Yellow catkins will appear in late spring to early summer.
Brown oval acorns that will appear in groups of 2-6.
Thrives in a variety of soil types, including clay, and is well-suited to the UK climate. Also exhibits a notable tolerance for wet soil, frost, winds and salt.
Sustains a multitude of life. These trees serve as crucial habitats for a diverse array of insects and creatures. In woodlands, the acorns play a vital role in supporting wildlife, with squirrels being particularly reliant on this essential food source.
Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature
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