Our Oak trees
There are many types of oak trees but those I know in our area are:
- The English Oak (Quercus robur)
- Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea)
- Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris)
- Holm Oak (Quercus ilex)
- Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
The English Oak (Pendunculate Oak)
The leaves have no stalks but the acorns dangle on long stalks - hence called pendunculate oak. The leaves have rounded lobes. This is our most common oak tree found throughout our area. Every one of our walks should find you oak trees.
The acorns are not on stalks but come straight from the twig. The leaves look slightly narrower and longer than the English Oak. These trees are mainly found in the north and west of the UK but some examples are in the valley. I found them on my Wishmoor walk. Some of the trees are hybrids so not easy to identify.
Considered by some to be a threat to native trees, the introduced and widespread Turkey Oak is quite common now in the English Countryside. It is home to the knopper oak gall moth believed to be a pest to native trees reducing acorn crops by between 50% and almost 100% in alternating years.
The leaf shape differs from the native species being more pointed in shape.