A traditional tree found throughout the UK, the English Oak tree (Quercus Robur) is a large deciduous variety that is slow growing, with high value within the timber industry. The Oak tree is one that attracts all kinds of wildlife. It is one of the most well known and common trees to produce acorns, but not until it is 40 years old.
The Oak tree can live for hundred of years, and can reach heights of forty metres. You’ll often find bluebells and primroses growing under its canopy on the ground in the spring too. The English Oak provides for more life forms than any other native tree in many ways. During the autumn, their acorns help to feed wildlife such as squirrels, deer and badgers, as well as being home to many insects for birds to feed on.
Coincidentally, Oak trees are prone to lightning strikes as they are often the tallest living feature on a landscape. It is also a national symbol of strength and survival in England.
When planting your English Oak you will have to really choose your spot well, because of the size that they do eventually grow to, although this can take up to between 20 and 50 years. They enjoy partial shade but prefer full sunlight and all soil so long as it is well drained. It can reside in either loam, chalk, clay or sand. If you want to prune your English Oak tree it is best to do during late winter and early spring. Cut away any crossing shoots or diseased branches, or any branches that are growing in an unwanted direction.