Common Oak

The common oak, known as Quercus robur, is a well-known deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is celebrated for its iconic lobed leaves, rugged bark, and acorns – its distinctive fruits.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and lobed, dark green leaves. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers and acorns.


The Produce

The Common Oak produces acorns, which are its characteristic fruit. These acorns are small nuts with a cap, commonly referred to as acorn caps, and they serve as the seeds of the oak tree.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by acorns in autumn.


The Leaves

Typically, each leaf has several deep, irregular lobes separated by U-shaped sinuses.


The Bark

The bark is gray and deeply fissured, becoming rough with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in forests, parks, and gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds, insects, and mammals. The acorns are an important food source for many animals.


The Culture

Valued for its durable timber, which is used in construction, furniture making, and flooring.


Fun Facts

The Common Oak is one of the most iconic trees in Europe, known for its longevity and strength.

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