Common oak

Quercus robur

Common oak - Quercus robur

Common Name: Common oak
Genus: Quercus
Species: robur

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting bark

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 25.00 m (2500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 25.00 m (2500 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Flower colour: insignificant male and female flowers in separate trees


A majestic tree with dark green, irregular rounded-lobed leaves and clusters of neat acorns sitting in nobbly cups. Oaks are steeped in history, hiding legendary figures such as Robin Hood and King Charles II in their sizable trunks. Known for their large size and longetivity, they should be planted for prosperity. They tolerate most soils except shallow soil and in large gardens and parks are ideal as specimen trees.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting.

  • Goes well with: Crocus 'Bowles' White', Crocus tommasinianus, Galanthus nivalis, Cyclamen coum, Erythronium 'Pagoda', Erythronium japonicum, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, Muscari armeniacum.


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