I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much. I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months. Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
Quercus Petraea Bareroot Hedging
Sessile Oak, Quercus petraea, is a big native tree that is good for supporting wildlife. It grows on any soil with decent drainage apart from chalk and thrives on rocky, upland sites with high rainfall. It is shade tolerant and quite slow growing. It can be grown as a large screening tree up to about 30 metres high. It is a good, tall windbreak tree.
The plants on this page are young saplings. You can also buy larger Sessile Oak trees here. Browse all of our other varieties of Oak here.
See our full range of hedging options.
Sessile Oak saplings are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
History & uses of Quercus petraea
In the past, Oak trees were essential to pig farmers, who would feed their herds on the acorns before winter. Oak timber was used extensively in ship building. Sessile Oak is still a valuable timber tree in Europe, with most of the wood being used for furniture and other high quality interior items. Oaks live for a very long time and old trees are able to regenerate after serious damage; some ancient specimens have trunks over 10 metres wide.
Choosing a size: When you are ordering a large quantity of Sessile Oak for a big planting project, we suggest that you buy smaller plants. They are cheaper than large plants, easier to handle and more likely to cope well with poor conditions. Use larger plants for garden or parkland specimens.
All of our young trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).