Oak Trees

Varieties of Oak Trees - Quercus Species

Oaks are large, spreading trees with sturdy branches and distinctive, lobed leaves. With the exception of Holm Oak (Quercus ilex), they are not suitable for use in a clipped hedge.

  • The native oaks are Common Oak (Quercus robur) and Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea).
  • The best oak for wet soil is Pin Oak (Quercus palustris). It is also good for inner city planting because its roots are adapted to low-oxygen environments, which are found underneath urban concrete and tarmac.
  • The most ornamental Oak is probably Red Oak (Quercus rubra), with its fiery autumn colour.
  • Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) is evergreen and will grow right next to the sea. This is the only type of oak that clips nicely into a hedge. It is also the best oak for a year-round windbreak.
  • Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris) is the most vigorous oak that we grow.

Oaks grow to 20-30 metres tall.

Have a look at the rest of our range of ornamental trees

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  1. Quercus robur
    • 6/8 & 8/10 Standard Trees
    • Native. Most soils. Great for wildlife.
    • Other Sizes: Bareroot Saplings.
    • Max. Height: 30m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £35.95

    Out of Stock

    • Quercus ilex
    • 120 - 175cms Pot-Grown
    • Evergreen. Good for coast & chalk.
    • The only oak suitable for clipped hedging.
    • Max. Height: 30m
    • Delivery: All Year.
    From £8.38

    Out of Stock

  2. Quercus palustris
    • 6/8 & 8/10 Standard Trees
    • American. Best oak for wet & flood prone areas.
    • Ideal for roadside planting.
    • Other Sizes: Bareroot Saplings.
    • Max. Height: 25m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Apr.
    From £45.95

    Out of Stock

  3. Quercus rubra
    • 6/8 & 8/10 Standard Trees
    • American. Best oak for drier soils.
    • Rich red autumn colour.
    • Other Sizes: Bareroot Saplings.
    • Max. Height: 25m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £35.95

    Out of Stock

  4. Quercus petraea
    • 6/8 & 8/10 Standard Trees
    • Native. Better than common oak in damper soils.
    • Other Sizes: Bareroot Saplings.
    • Max. Height: 30m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £45.95

    Out of Stock

  5. Quercus cerris
    • 6/8 & 8/10 Standard Trees
    • European. Fastest growing oak.
    • Other Sizes: Bareroot Saplings.
    • Max. Height: 35m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Apr.
    From £45.95

    Out of Stock

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