English oak (Quercus robur)

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English Oak (Quercus robur) is a deciduous tree that is hardy to zone 4 and prefers full sun. It can grow to 90 feet and has a short trunk and wide, open crown. English oak is tolerant of acidic to alkaline soils and urban growing conditions. It grows only a foot or so a year but can live more than 700 years.

English Oak foliage (7847 bytes)

Foliage consists of green unstalked leaves, 3 to 4 inches in length, with 3 to7 pairs of rounded lobes. They hold through winter, falling off then with not much color change.

English oak acorns (3503 bytes) oak,english mature acorn (3947 bytes) 

Acorns are elongated and stalked. They are about an inch long, with a cup that covers 1/3 of the nut, and are borne singly or in clusters of 2-5.

oak,english nut1.jpg (4565 bytes) oak,english nut2.jpg (4731 bytes)     Nuts provide winter food for many birds and other wildlife.
English oak bark (9400 bytes)

Bark is gray-brown and deeply furrowed.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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