- Family: Fagaceae
- Origin: Europe
- Common Name: Pedunculate,
Common or English Oak
- Mature Height: - m.
The pendunculate Oak from
(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.