English Oak

Quercus robur


The Pedunculate, Common, or English Oak prefers heavier soils and will tolerate flooding, even by seawater. Its masses of acorns are very helpful feed for the pigs - and a host of small mammals. Oaks support more fauna than any other trees in the UK, including a massive 284 insect species munching their way through oak leaves or oak leaf-eaters! Oaks are, consequently, a magnet for predators like bats too. For more information please see below.

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This item has seasonality November-March and will only be shipped during this time.


After 10 yrs

Height: 4m
Width: 3m

At Maturity

Height: 40m
Width: 40m

Product Details

English Oak (Quercus robur)

The English oak, Quercus robur, 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. Both of our native oaks can grow to a great age, however.

Value For Wildlife

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. Oak trees have more galls than any other British tree too, including oak apples, and many fungi. According the the Woodland Trust, a 400 year old oak can support 2,000 different types of birds (and bats!), lichen and fungi. Wow!  It also produces 234,000 litres of oxygen a year (how on earth is this measured /calculated?!). Its masses of acorns used to be very helpful feed for pigs as well, 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!

History In Britain

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, originally planted to provide the Royal Navy with "walls of oak" for men-of-war before the ironclad. An estimated 6,000 oak trees were used to build HMS Victory, for example. 

It is the supreme native hardwood; the tree's cultural, ecological, and economic significance give it a unique place in our past. 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 of ancient oaks sweep low and long over the ground around them. They are sun loving trees, and need space to spread. Hereabouts they are dotted around a landscape of wood pasture. 

Plants For Sale

Provenance certificates are available on request for English Oak trees. The smaller trees are from the Southwest of England - they're grown from acorns harvested locally. We only sell young trees as we find they don't like being moved and larger plants can fail. We also include them in our mixed native woodland collections.

Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, British Hardwood Tree Nursery, RV Roger

Your purchase of oak trees helps us support a range of charitieswhich are related to the products we sell.

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 Quercus robur placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.