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English oak (Quercus robur) is the most common tree in the UK, especially
in southern and central British broad leaved woods.

Throughout Europe it has been the predominant timber tree since prehistoric
times.

*What does oak look like?*

Mature oaks typically reach around 20m in height. The leaves are around
10cm long with 4-5 deep lobes with smooth edges. Leaf-burst occurs mid-May
and the leaves have almost no stem and grow in bunches. Its fruit, commonly
known as the acorn, are 2 – 2.5cm long, borne on lengthy stalks and
held tightly by cupules (the cup-shaped base of the acorn). As it ripens,
the green acorn takes on a more autumnal, browner colour, loosens from the
cupule and falls to the canopy below. Most acorns will never get the chance
to germinate, they are rich food source, eaten by many wild creatures
including jays, mice and squirrels. Acorns need to germinate and root
quickly to prevent drying out or becoming victims of the harvest. Following
successful germination, a new sapling will appear the following spring.

*Interesting Fact: *Acorns are not produced until the tree is at least
40 years old. Peak


Source: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/learn/british-trees/native-trees/english-oak/


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Leaf color and leaf texture are important identification characteristics
for oak trees.

There are hundreds of different species of oak spread across the temperate
regions north of the Equator in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.
In America, oak trees can be found in Hawaii and each of the 48 contiguous
states, except for Idaho. The major divisions between species of oak trees
involve the elevation of the surrounding environment as well as the red oak
and white oak subspecies.

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Identify the tree as truly an oak tree. All oak trees release acorns, which
are the seed of the oak tree. Oaks are also


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