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