Quercus robur (English Oak)


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Quercus robur (English Oak) Seeds

Zone: 4 to 8.

Native to most of Europe, the Caucasus, and Anatolia.

English oak also known as pedunculate oak  is probably the most well-known and best-loved of the tree species native to Britain. The English oak is a magnificent stately tree that is prominent in the symbolism of many countries. It is widely cultivated for landscaping purposes in temperate regions, including North America. Its Latin name Quercus robur was named for its robust or sturdy nature (robur means strength in Latin).

It is a long-lived tree, with a large, wide spreading crown. Narrow, upright cultivars such as ‘Fastigiata’ are common landscape plantings in parks and as street trees. Its leaves have the distinctive lobed shape and are 7–14 cm (2.8″–5.5″) long. It grows best in deep loam soil and full sun or partial shade and moist soil, but can tolerate drought once established. Its acorns mature mid-September to late-October and are a favourite food for wildlife.

Size: Height 50 to 60 ft; Width 40 to 60 ft.

Germination Instructions

Acorns have a short shelf life so it is best to plant immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to plant.

Stratification: English oak acorns require about 60 days cold, moist stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).

  1. Mix some soilless mixture for starting seeds or sand and vermiculite, moisten with water and place it in sandwich bag(s). Note: mixture should be moist not soggy. The bag(s) should not be sealed. Poke holes or leave partially open for air.
  2. Place the seeds inside the mix and refrigerate for about 60 days. Occasionally check to see if seeds are starting to sprout.
  3. After the required time plant the seeds in soil 1 to 2 inches deep in a sheltered spot in the ground or in deep pots where they can grow.

Oaks grow long tap roots, so either plant seedlings out the second spring, or transplant them to another bed after pruning the tap root to 6 in. (15 cm).

Protect the pot or site from squirrels or other animals that may discover and eat the acorns.