Sessile Oak

The sessile oak, known as Quercus petraea, is a deciduous tree native to Europe. It is distinguished by its lobed leaves and acorns, similar to the common oak.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and lobed, dark green leaves that turn yellow and brown in autumn.


The Produce

Sessile Oak produces acorns that are borne singly or in pairs. They have a short stalk and take about 18 months to mature.


The Flowers

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


The Leaves

They are sessile, meaning they lack a stalk (petiole), which distinguishes them from the related Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur).


The Bark

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


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained, acidic soils and full sun. Commonly found in woodlands and parks.


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. Often planted in parks and woodlands.


Fun Facts

Sessile Oak is one of the two native oak species in the UK and is known for its longevity, often living for several hundred years.

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