The Mighty Oak!
An Oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus; there are approximately 600 living species of Oak, they may be deciduous, semi-deciduous or evergreen.
The classic and much loved English Oak grows into a large, spreading tree with pale gray bark and shallowly-lobed green leaves that turn golden yellow prior to leaf fall. Its fruit, the acorn, is much loved by wild-life, especially ducks.
Worshiped by Druids and held in high esteem by Greek, Romans, Celts and Slavs, these majestic trees have been grown in Europe for many centuries and were frequently the largest, tallest living plants on the horizon. The mighty Oak will live between 600 and 700 years so it really is a tree for life and is the perfect symbolic tree for families to plant to celebrate a new-born.
If you are lucky enough to have the space to grow this magnificent Oak tree then seriously consider putting in more than 1 because it is just so handsome. Deep green, glossy, deeply lobed foliage in summer that turns an intense scarlet autumn. Acorns in winter. Hardy and easy to grow. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m
Believe it or not this is actually an Oak tree and its name refers to the fact that the evergreen leaves are like those of an Ilex (Holly). Juvenile leaves tend to be silvery grey and mature to dark green with a downy under side. Very easy to grow. Est.10yr.growth.
If left to mature Quercus ilex forms a very large specimen tree however it can easily be used for hedging if clipped regularly. It grows well in an exposed position, particularly on the coast and makes a good windbreak. Valued through the ages for medicinal purposes.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 25m x 20m
Pin Oak. One of my favourite Oaks for its graceful drooping branch formation. Handsome dark green foliage in summer that turns to fiery shades of red prior to leaf fall. A beautiful specimen tree that is hardy, tolerant and easy to grow in anything but alkaline soils. Est.10yr.growth.
The Pin Oak is more moisture tolerant than other Oaks and has a shallow rooting system. That is because its natural habitat is poorly drained flat land in eastern-central USA.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20m x 10m
A handsome form of the ever enduring Oak that has an upright tight branch formation that grows into a natural column. Lobed green leaves that turn shades of yellow then brown before falling late in the winter. Hardy and tolerant but happiest in a sunny position. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
The Latin 'fastigiata' literally means erect branches growing close together; columnar; upright.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 3m
Red Oak. A handsome specimen tree that once planted will be enjoyed for generations to come. Large lobed dark green leaves that colour well in tones of red and orange prior to leaf fall. Ideal paddock tree as it needs space to grow to its true glory. Deciduous. Height is 10 year estimate.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 7m