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UK Nature > Trees > English or Pedunculate Oak

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Scientific Name: Quercus robur
Common Name: English or Pedunculate Oak

Quercus robur, or the English or Pedunculate oak, is probably the most well-known and best-loved of the tree species native to Britain. This king of the forest can live for more than a millennium according to some sources, and grow up to 40 m high. Mature specimens are usually home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Since the Druids, and probably long before, the oak has played an important role in British culture. Couples were still wed under ancient oaks as late as Oliver Cromwell's time and the Yule log, kept from one year to another to warm the Christmas celebrations, was traditionally cut from oak.











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