Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea)
The Sessile Oak is as long lived as the Pedunculate oak, regularly living over 500 years, but because of their less useful timber (and possibly lower acorn yields) have been planted much less. Its acorns are not carried on stalks (peduncles), but on the outer twigs (sessile). Quercus petraea is more common in the hills of the West and North on lighter, more acid soils, rather than the richer lowland sites preferred by Q. robur. This explains its alternative common names - the Welsh or Cornish oak. It does not tolerate flooding, although it's more shade tolerant than the English Oak. Oak trees are today facing many threats, among which is the potentially catastrophic threat of Phytophthora ("Sudden Oak Death").
Oaks are wonderful trees for wildlife. They support more fauna than any other tree in the UK, including 284 insect species and, of course, their predators (bats, birds etc.). Their acorns provide useful food for a wide range of birds and small mammals, and even their leaf mould supports specialist fungi.
Plants For Sale
Like all the native trees we sell, our Sessile oaks are grown in the UK from UK origin seed.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, Cheviot Trees, British Hardwood Trees.
We don't supply larger size oak trees as we find they don't like being moved.
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See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These oak trees are mostly 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 placed for Sessile Oaks between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.
In addition to bare root plants, we also offer Quercus petraea as small cell grown plants. These have some soil around their roots and are a sort of half way house between bare root and pot grown. Their root systems are pretty small but they will establish well.
Time to Ultimate Height
Over 20 years
Clay, loam, sand, chalk
Neutral, acid, alkaline
Sheltered or exposed
Full or partial sun