Oak Tree - Quercus robur - fully grown
The common or English oak (Quercus robur
) is a large, long-Iived, deciduous tree found across most of lowland Britain. It is also a native to Europe, Asia Minor and northern Africa.
Living oaks are picturesque in the rural landscape. Individuals may live for a thousand years and stems in excess of 375cm diameter (over 38 feet round) are known with the majority of trees reaching a height of 50 - 70 feet (15m to 21m) tall.
As a lone tree, it develops a broad head of rugged branches.
Oak Tree characteristics and uses
The leaves are mostly sessile, shallow-lobed, and auricled at the base. The flowers, male catkins and female spikes, are only about 1 inch (2.5cm) long and pale green.
The fruit, the acorn, is a nut surrounded at the base by a cup-like 'husk'. One to several acorns are borne on a slender stalk. The common oak is a pioneer tree, and its seedlings invade open grassland rather than shady forests.
Oak timber is legendary for its strength and appearance. Once used for ship and boat building, oak is now mainly used to make furniture and panelling. However, it has numerous other uses too.
The bark of some species also yields dye and tannins, which are used in the leather industry.
In pre-Classical Greece, acorns formed part of the staple diet of the human population. Many Native American tribes still roast and grind acorns for use in bread or to make a beverage. Acorns were also made into ersatz coffee in many European countries during the two world wars.
In the northern temperate zone, oaks are mainly planted today as ornamentals and for timber. The hard, tough and durable wood has always been widely appreciated.
Common oak bark, which is strongly astringent because of its tannin content, has been traditionally taken in a tea to combat diarrhea and dysentry, and used externally to treat hemorrhoids, inflamed gums, wounds and eczema.
Tree Gift Details
Each tree gift contains the following:
- A tree sapling (approx. 20 - 60cm tall) in a jute, drawstring bag
- A card printed with your personal message inside a folded, origami envelope
- Planting instructions and tree care guide
Multiple Tree Gift Discounts
Each tree costs just £9.99 including delivery. That's it. You won't find any hidden charges or extra costs when you get to the checkout.
If you buy more than one tree we'll give you a discount too.
- Buy 2 to 3 trees and get a 10% discount (£8.99 per tree)
- Buy 4 trees and get a 25% discount (£7.49 per tree)
- Buy 5 to 9 trees and get a 30% discount (£6.99 per tree)
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