English Oak (Quercus robur)
The English oak is more properly known as the Pedunculate oak, as opposed to our other native type, the Sessile oak. How can you tell the difference? It carries its acorns on stalks.
Quercus robur likes heavier soils and will tolerate flooding, even by seawater. In fact oaks support more fauna than any other trees in the UK. Of the 284 insect species they include, in their canopy, the glorious Purple Hairstreak. It's said an English Oak will lose half its leaves to insects in a normal year. They are, consequently, a magnet for predators like bats too. Oak trees have more galls than any other British tree too, including oak apples, and many fungi. Its masses of acorns used to be very helpful feed for pigs under the rules of pannage, and continue to be for a host of small mammals. There's a contract between the tree and some animals. Squirrels and jays in particular bury acorns to store them and, inevitably, lose a fair few!
Oak wood has, of course, been used for a vast array of products - ships, barrels, buildings - since time immemorial, and it was widely planted for its timber in the 18th and early 19th centuries.The Oak woods in the Forest of Deane are the equivalent of an abandoned munitions factory.
It is the supreme native hardwood; the tree's cultural, ecological, and economic significance give it a unique place in British history. Long before Charles II hid in one, they had a special place in British history. Although they come in many shapes and sizes, ancient stag headed oak trees up to 1000 years old are immediately recognisable landmarks across the country. Left to their own devices, their vast branches sweep low and long over the ground around them. Oaks are sun loving trees, and need space to spread. Hereabouts they are dotted around a wood landscape pasture.
Oak trees are today facing the potentially catastrophic threat of Phytophthora ("Sudden Oak Death").
Provenance certificates are available on request for English Oak trees, which are from the Southwest of England. We don't sell larger sized plants as we find they don't like being moved. We also include them in our mixed native woodland collections.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
50% of our profit on sales of Common Oak trees is donated to The Tree Council
See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These oak trees are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March ( please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for oaks placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.