Quercus robur

English oak

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Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this oak is familiar to anyone who knows the English countryside. It's thought that trees can grow to more than 1,000 years old and their huge silhouettes dominate the landscape. In the garden, they need to be given plenty of space. They enjoy any fertile, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. The lobed leaves clothe the bare branches from late May or June. Acorns appear in summer, turning brown before they fall to the ground in autumn when the leaves turn yellow and follow them.

Family: Fagaceae

Genus: Quercus

Species: robur

Plant type: Native tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 3500cm

Spread: 2500cm

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