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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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04 May, 2010

Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robor)

The countryside is beginning to turn green again and this is in no small part due to the leaves coming on our most common tree in Dorset, the Pedunculate Oak.

More and more of them are now becoming dressed in fresh green leaves and these catkin type flowers. No wonder spring can be a difficult time for hayfever sufferers who are allergic to tree pollen!

Much more common than the Sessile Oak, the Pedunculate Oak has its leaves and its acorns on 'pendules' or short stalks. This is missing on the Sessile Oak.

In Dorset, Sessile Oak is very scarce, usually occurring only where it has been planted whereas the Pedunclate Oak can be found almost everywhere except on our heathland and our coastal downs.