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The Sessile Oak tree, Quercus petraea, is a native tree that is closely related to Common Oak. It looks very similar, with slightly more upright branches. It will grow in most soils with decent drainage, apart from chalk, and it does well on rocky terrain.
Sessile Oak trees can reach a height of about 30-40 metres.
Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Sessile Oak saplings here.
Browse all of our other varieties of Oak here.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
General description of Sessile Oak trees:
Common Names: Welsh Oak, Sessile Oak, Durmast Oak
Botanical Names: Quercus petraea, Quercus sessiliflora
Sessile Oak grows in most of the same places as Common Oak; Common Oak tends to be more common on fertile lowland sites, whereas Sessile Oak is more adapted to rocky hillsides with better drainage. It is a shade tolerant tree, especially when it is young, and it is often interplanted with fast growing conifers. It won't grow on chalk.
Sessile oak is a stout, slow growing tree with a broad canopy and dark green leaves. It is hard to tell it apart from Common Oak: the surest sign is that this tree's acorns have very short stalks, whereas Common Oak acorns have stalks about an inch long. Sessile oak is usually more upright, with a narrower canopy, but this isn't always a sure sign because trees in exposed locations can be shaped by the wind.
This tree is listed as being resistant to honey fungus.
History & uses of Quercus petraea
Sessile Oak is a good timber tree and it is commonly used for high quality casks and barrels because the wood is water resistant and gives a good flavour to the beverages stored in it. The acorns are excellent feed for pigs and also attract jays.
All the accessories you need to plant a large tree, i.e. any Ornamental Standard or Bush or Half-Standard fruit tree.
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