Oaks, Quercus robur & Q. petraea.

Identification Features

  • Bark: Becomes progressively fissured and wholly grey in more mature trees with short knobbly ridges. 
  • Twigs: Silvery. Hairless. Small lenticels.
  • Buds: Orange brown egg-shaped buds with cluster at shoot tips.

Description/General Characters:
Q. robur is ultimately a large tree; heavy limbed, spreading with twisted branches and broad crown which will become broader than tall. Q. Petraea has a domed crown on a longer bole than Q. robur and is cleaner-looking and less twiggy.

Q. robur throughout Europe, east to the Caucasus. Q. petraea from Norway to Spain, east to the Crimea.

Q. robur - Woodlands & Hedgerows. Planted in parklands. Dominant large tree in much of the UK. Q. petraea - Woodlands especially on light/acid soils. Absent from much lowland habitat.

Author: Paul

Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.


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