The English Oak is an iconic tree, easily identified by almost everyone with its lobed leaves and acorns. For those that have seen the movie The Shawshank Redemption, this is the type of tree where, underneath, Red digs up the cash and directions to meet up with Andy (pictured).
Often thought to be slow growing, this tree can grow fairly quickly on good soils. This tree is a long lived tree and typically will be 60 ft tall in 50 years. English Oak will grow best on deep moist fertile loamy soils. It will however cope with almost any conditions. It compensates for the poor ground by growing more slowly.
The English Oak is a stately, broad, round-topped tree with spreading branches and deeply grooved bark. Its dark green leaves turn golden yellow then brown in fall often clinging through winter. Its acorns are 1/2” wide and 1” long. They occur individually or in clusters of up to five and ripen the first year. This tree adapts well to most soil types and is relatively pest free.
Plant in full sun, allow plenty of space for growth, and prune for structure often when young. English Oaks provide dense summer shade. This tree is considered drought tolerant once established and requires relatively low maintenance after initial pruning years.
Hardy to -30°F
Maximum Elevation: 8,000 Feet