QUERCUS

Commonly known as Oak

Genus of about 530 species of deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen trees and shrubs in the beech family widely distributed in woodland and scrub in the northern hemisphere extending to tropical latitudes.

Because of land use changes and climate change many species are under acute threat. In the highlands of Mexico, Central America and the northern Andes forests have been cleared to make coffee plantations and cattle ranching. Pine forests are invading oak in the Indian Himalayas because of temperature rise.

In the UK, Phytopthora ramorum (so-called sudden oak death), a bacterium thought to cause acute oak decline and the oak processionary moth, which causes defoliation, are all modern threats.

Represented in the UK by 2 natives, Sessile or Durmast (Q. petraea), stalked leaves and unstalked acorns and English or Pedunculate (Q. robur) with very short stalks on leaves and long stalks on acorns.

Two other oaks commonly seen are the holm oak (Q. ilex), evergreen, and the Turkey oak (Q. cerris) which was introduced, mistakenly, as a source of good timber.

 

 

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Semi-evergreen
    Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
  • Tree
    Some give excellent autumn colour. Male catkins followed by female acorns
  • Full sun
    Evergreen species prefer full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Grown for habit and foliage. Best in parkland or large garden
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, gall wasps, oak wilt, honey fungus, powdery mildew, bracket fungi.
    Place of origin
    Widely distributed northern hemisphere
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
    (Can be harmful to pets if eaten)
Quercus - Care Guide
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds
Trees - Care Guide

Buy Varieties of QUERCUS

QUERCUS acutissima

QUERCUS acutissima

Japanese chestnut oak, Sawtooth oak

oblong chestnut-like leaves which persist into winter

 
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QUERCUS 'Belle d'Aquitaine'

QUERCUS 'Belle d'Aquitaine'

Oak

fast-growing hybrid oak. New shoots red and green. Good autumn colour

 
£40.00 each 
QUERCUS buckleyi

QUERCUS buckleyi

Texas red oak

noted for its excellent autumn colours this newly introduced species is growing well at Caerhays

 
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QUERCUS x bushii 'Seattle Trident'

QUERCUS x bushii 'Seattle Trident'

Oak

a magnificent foliage plant with pinkish new growth and glossy dark green leaves.

 
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QUERCUS cerris

QUERCUS cerris

Bitter oak, Turkey oak

 
Pot grown
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QUERCUS coccinea

QUERCUS coccinea

Scarlet oak

excellent autumn colour

 
Grafted
£35.00 each 
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QUERCUS dentata 'Carl Ferris Miller'

QUERCUS dentata 'Carl Ferris Miller'

Daimio oak, Daimyo oak

stout shoots and very broad, large, ovate leaves. Rare and fairly slow growing.

 
Grafted
£40.00 each 
QUERCUS dentata 'Sir Harold Hillier'

QUERCUS dentata 'Sir Harold Hillier'

Daimio oak, Daimyo oak

large green leaves which turn brown in the autumn and hold on the tree all winter

 
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QUERCUS engleriana

QUERCUS engleriana

Oak

small evergreen tree. Leathery narrow leaves with a slender point

 
£40.00 each 
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QUERCUS ilex

QUERCUS ilex

Evergreen oak, Holm oak

evergreen oak, excellent for windy or coastal conditions

 
Small
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Large
£65.00  
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QUERCUS imbricaria

QUERCUS imbricaria

Shingle oak

long narrow oval leaves. Rich autumn colours

 
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QUERCUS insignis

QUERCUS insignis

Oak

this Mexican species produces its attractive pink secondary new growth in the autumn and therefore needs a very sheltered frost free location to get established

 
£40.00 each 
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QUERCUS laurifolia

QUERCUS laurifolia

Oak

rounded tree with long-lasting foliage, bronze when young

 
£35.00 each 
QUERCUS marilandica

QUERCUS marilandica

Blackjack oak

slow growing tree with cracked bark and leaves which are yellowish underneath and turn yellow in autumn

 
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QUERCUS mongolica

QUERCUS mongolica

Mongolian oak

leaves borne in dense clusters at the ends of the branches

 
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QUERCUS myrsinifolia

QUERCUS myrsinifolia

Oak

small and compact tree with dark green leaves which are paler beneath. Used as a windbreak at Caerhays

 
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QUERCUS phillyreoides

QUERCUS phillyreoides

Oak

rare evergreen oak with oval leathery glossy green leaves and bronze-tinted new growth

 
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QUERCUS pontica

QUERCUS pontica

Armenian oak, Pontine oak

shrubby or round-headed tree. Stout, reddish shoots

 
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QUERCUS robur

QUERCUS robur

Common oak, English oak, Pedunculate oak

 
Pot grown 2-3ft
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QUERCUS robur 'Concordia'

QUERCUS robur 'Concordia'

Common oak, English oak, Pedunculate oak

golden oak - leaves suffused golden yellow in spring and summer

 
Grafted
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QUERCUS rubra

QUERCUS rubra

Red oak

excellent autumn colour

 
Whip
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Small H/Std
£65.00 each 
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QUERCUS rubra 'Aurea'

QUERCUS rubra 'Aurea'

Red oak

clear golden new leaves which remain yellowish all summer

 
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QUERCUS rhysophylla 'Maya'

QUERCUS rhysophylla 'Maya'

Loquat-leaf oak

a hardy Mexican oak with attractive downy reddish new growth maturing to a bullate glossy green

 
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QUERCUS velutina

QUERCUS velutina

Black oak, Quercitron oak

very large and irreularly lobed leaves. Reddish-brown and yellowish autumn colour

 
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