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Oak

Quercus robur

English Oak, Common Oak, Pedunculate Oak, Aac, Black oak, French oak, Polish oak, Slavonian oak

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Quercus robur is planted for forestry, producing long-lasting and durable heartwood, that is used in the production of furniture and other interior work. The trees are also valuable in parks and gardens, the acorns form a valuable food resource for pigs, horses, several small mammals and some birds.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Acorns can be collected as they drop from the trees in early autumn.

Propagation

Seed
The seeds are called acorns, sow as soon as they are ripe and fell.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds including owls and hoopoe build their nests in the soft wood.
Drought resistant
Deep roots allow to withstand dry times.
Hedge plant
Make a beautiful large hedge screen on proporty borders.
Autumn colour
Leaves turn yellow, brown and oranges before they fall.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Cold Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Fagaceae
Flower colour
Lime green
Scent
None

Problems

Powdery mildew can be a problem as well as various bract fungi, Oak wilt and honey fungus. In South Africa trees are sprayed from spring to early summer with fungicides to prevent these diseases.
Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew
Erysiphaceae

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