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Oak (Quercus)

There are 30+ varieties in the Quercus group, all producing acorns of differing sizes. Some stay on the tree for 2 years before dropping. Some are edible, with low levels of Tannin.

It is hardy to zone 4. It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are pollinated by Wind. It is noted for attracting wildlife.

Succeeds in heavy clay soils and in wet soils so long as the ground is not water-logged for long periods. Dislikes dry or shallow soils but is otherwise drought tolerant once it is established. Tolerant of exposed sites though it dislikes salt-laden winds. The oak is a very important timber tree in Britain, it is also a very important food plant for the caterpillars of many species of butterfly, there are 284 insect species associated with this tree.


  • Oak Seeds

    Oak trees are some of the most iconic trees in the world. They are known for their long lifespans, towering heights, and beautiful foliage. But did you know that oak trees also produce seeds?

    Oak seeds, also known as acorns, are acorns that are borne in a cup-like structure known as a cupule. Each acorn contains one seed (rarely two or three) and takes 6–18 months to mature, depending on the species. The acorns and leaves contain tannic acid, which helps to guard against fungi and insects.

    The amount of tannic acid is species dependant. To make acorns edible, it is necessary to remove the tannins. This can be done through a process called leaching. Leaching involves soaking the acorns in water for several days, changing the water frequently. Over time, the tannins will leach out of the acorns, leaving behind a sweet and nutty flavor.

  • Oak Tree Trees Barerooted

    Please Note -
    We take orders for bare rooted trees from May onwards, but shipping is only normally during January to March. 

    All trees are single stem maidens of varying sizes.

    If in doubt please ask.

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