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. Although Sessile Oak is more adapted to rocky hillsides with better drainage and grows better at altitude. 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. Nothing is 100% proof, but it is one of the trees that is most resistant to honey fungus. 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
Common Names: Welsh Oak, Sessile Oak, Durmast Oak
Botanical Names: Quercus petraea, Quercus sessiliflora
History & uses of Quercus petraea:
Sessile Oak is a true British native tree. It produces top grade timber tree and 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.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the standard trees we sell are graded their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which for the same variety can vary widely depending on growing conditions. 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. Sessile oak standards are therefore between 2.5 - 4 metres tall (on average) when they are lifted.