Quercus or Oak trees are grand looking trees that often have striking autumn colour. Known as the King of Trees, Oak trees have punctuated the British countryside for as long as we can remember. They're steeped in history, being of great cultural, mythological and religious importance.
Quercus is a large genus of trees and shrubs, approximately 600 species. They can be deciduous or evergreen and produce flowers in the form of catkins. Both the male and female catkins are produced on the same tree and the fruit, which is a nut, is known as an acorn. Found across the world in North America, China, Mexico and Europe, Oak trees are a common feature amongst many landscapes. The ancient oak tree, or common oak, Quercus robur is the one most people recognise. We offer a wonderful, award winning selection of Oak trees, including the Common Oak, Red Oak, Variegated Oak and Evergreen Oak tree.
Known as the King of Trees, oak trees are the UK's most common tree. From climbing oak trees as children to admiring them over the years, Oak trees have dominated the British countryside. They have been a symbol for wisdom and strength and have played a large role in folklore. It was thought that unless church pews were made from oak, your prayers would not be heard.
There are many famous Oak trees around the world, admired for their height and age. Famous oak trees include: the Bowthorpe tree in Bowthorpe, Lincolnshire which is thought to be 1000 years old and the Minchenden tree in Southgate, London, consider the largest oak tree in England with a girth of 27ft.
Oak wood is extremely dense, hard and strong. It is resistant to insect and fungal disease and has a high tannin content. These qualities, along with the attractive grain markings, mean it has been popularly cultivated for many different uses. Including: