Oak


tree
The pendunculate Oak from Europe (including Britain), Caucasus, Asia Minor and North Africa, belongs to the Fagaceae. The other native oak is the Sessile or Durmast oak - Quercus petraea. These majestic trees will live to 1000 years and more. Their timber is much prized for construction, roofing, flooring, furniture, carving and shipbuilding of old. Indeed the flagship of the James IV, the Great Michael is said to have wasted all the oakwoods in Fife. Quercus robur grows in fertile soils while Quercus petraea is found on the more acid soils. The English oaks of lore belong to Quercus robur. Oak trees house the greatest diversity of wild life of any other British native tree.