English Oak Tree - Quercus robus - (Potted Trees approx 30-60 tall)
They make wonderful, thoughtful. carbon neutral forever gifts.
English oak - Quercus robus
Young quality established potted bushy trees - (approx 30-60cm tall)
English oak estimated full grown height will be 20 - 40 metres, but can be controlled by pruning.
English oak trees grow an estimated 50cm each year.
Flowers in spring with beautiful long, yellow hanging catkins which distribute pollen into the air. Fruits when mature in Autumn with
Acorns which are approx 2.5cm long, As it ripens, the green acorn turns brown, loosens from the cupule and falls to the canopy below, sprouting a new tree the following spring!
Also known as common oak or pedunculate oak, English oaks are one of our best-loved trees.
Did you know the "Major Oak" in Sherwood Forest is thought to be the UK’s largest & oldest oak tree. It is believed to be around 800-1000 years old and according to legend, it was Robin Hood and his Merry Men’s shelter!
Value to wildlife:
Oak forests support more life forms than any other native forest. They are host to hundreds of insect species, supplying many birds with an important food source.
In autumn, mammals such as squirrels, badgers and deer feed on acorns.
The flower and leaf buds of English oak are the food plants of the caterpillar of purple hairstreak butterflies.
In late autumn, the soft fallen leaves break down to form a rich leaf mould that supports various invertebrates and fungi including stag beetle and oakbug milkcap fungus.
Holes and crevices in the bark provide nesting spots for pied flycatcher and marsh tit.
Several bat species may also roost in the tree and feed on its rich supply of insects.
English oak preferred soil type or environmental conditions:
Tolerates most well-drained soils. Avoid waterlogged sites.