English Oak Quercus Robur

Description & features

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
10 L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£54.00
70L pot size / 3.5-4.25m
£257.50

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

This product will also be available from November to March as a bare-root plant.

Sizes and prices will appear on the website later in the year. What does bare-root mean?

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

QUERCUS ROBUR – English Oak

Characteristics

English Oak is an iconic tree, easily identified by almost everyone with its lobed leaves and acorns.  It is long lived tree with a durable hard timber which was used for a multitude of uses including construction and at one time ship building as it is slow to rot even in extreme waterlogged conditions.

Often thought to be slow growing it is really quite quick on good soils being 20m (60ft) by 2m (6ft) in 50years.  Some of the oldest trees are pollards and can be up to 800 years old.  Many famous named trees have large boles with circumferences up to 14m (45ft) and stag horned heads.

Native and widespread it grows up to nearly 500m (1,600ft) An important species for wildlife, more than 400 insect species have been  recorded as being hosted by this species, these in turn support a wide range of birds and small mammals.

Where to grow

English Oak will grow best on deep moist fertile loamy soils.  It will however cope with almost any conditions. It compensates for the poor ground by growing more slowly and in truly awful exposed conditions resembles little more than a twisted large shrub.

Did you know?

The oak is surprisingly bad at reproducing naturally.  Good seed years only occur infrequently the overwhelming majority of the tens of thousands of acorns it drops are eaten by animals or simply rot. It is left to forgetful squirrels or jays to bury them for future consumption for the lifecycle of this giant of the countryside to continue.

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
20+ metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Broad headed
Growth rate
Slow
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Late to leaf
Native / Naturalised
Native
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Good Firewood
Timber producing
Sound Barrier

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
20+ metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Broad headed
Growth rate
Slow
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Late to leaf
Native / Naturalised
Native
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Good Firewood
Timber producing
Sound Barrier

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Joanne Angus on 21/05/2016

Hi,
I am trying to establish the cost/price for a 18ft English or common oak tree for insurance purposes.
Mine was destroyed in an incident involving a speeding car.
I would be very grateful for your advise
Thanks
Joanne Angus

By Simon on 25/05/2016

Hello Joanne,

The largest size we supply at the moment is in a 70L pot, height 12-14ft. Current prices are in the pricing box on the top right.

By Tony Parrini on 20/04/2019

We want to planthe an English oak on 6th June to mark the 7th anniversary of the DDay landings. What is available?

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