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English oak

Just one oak can support more than 1,000 other species.
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English oak

Quercus robur

Also known as common oak or pedunculate oak, English oaks are one of our best-loved trees but do not produce acorns until they are around 40 years old. English Oaks have been considered sacred by just about every culture that has encountered the tree, but it was held in particular esteem by the Norse and Celts because of its size, longevity, and nutritious acorns. Today the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest is thought to be the UK’s largest oak tree. It is believed to be 800-1000 years old and according to legend, it was Robin Hood and his Merry Men’s shelter. It is the English oak leaf that is used within logo of the Woodland Trust.

Estimate full grown height: 20 - 40 metres, but can be controlled by pruning. English oak trees grow an estimated 50cm each year.

Value to wildlife: The flower and leaf buds of English oak are the food plants of the caterpillar of purple hairstreak butterflies. In 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.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Tolerates most well-drained soils. Avoid waterlogged sites.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

More information about this tree is available here.

English oak

Quercus robur

Also known as common oak or pedunculate oak, English oaks are one of our best-loved trees but do not produce acorns until they are around 40 years old. English Oaks have been considered sacred by just about every culture that has encountered the tree, but it was held in particular esteem by the Norse and Celts because of its size, longevity, and nutritious acorns. Today the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest is thought to be the UK’s largest oak tree. It is believed to be 800-1000 years old and according to legend, it was Robin Hood and his Merry Men’s shelter. It is the English oak leaf that is used within logo of the Woodland Trust.

Estimate full grown height: 20 - 40 metres, but can be controlled by pruning. English oak trees grow an estimated 50cm each year.

Value to wildlife: The flower and leaf buds of English oak are the food plants of the caterpillar of purple hairstreak butterflies. In 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.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Tolerates most well-drained soils. Avoid waterlogged sites.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

More information about this tree is available here.

Whilst we are experiencing such hot weather we are trying to ensure that all our trees are watered before being dispatched but it is still likely that they will be thirsty when they arrive with you. We would strongly advise that your trees are given water as soon as they arrive and are then watered before and after you plant them. It is likely that your new trees will need watering for a few days whilst this weather continues and we would recommend that this watering happens once the sun has gone down each evening. Please ensure you soak the ground thoroughly to ensure the roots grow down in search of further groundwater, rather than remaining near the surface. 

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

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