Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robor)

There is not much to see this time of year and even less to photograph. However, I was out walking, looked across the open field and there was a tree standing tall and it occurred to me that my tree identification skills on a scale of 0 to 10 is about 1!

There are a lot tress around so I thought it time to put that to rights and where else to start than by getting to know the English Oak, the Pedunculate Oak.

In winter we do not have a lot to go on, leaves are often the best indicator of tree species but the silhouette of trees without leaves does vary and this rounded appearance with a solid trunk and major branches is indicative of the English Oak.

It is also one of our most common trees so they are not hard to find and large trees of this nature are only going to be one of a handful of species anyway.

There are three other oak trees, the Sessile which is a tree of parks, the Holm and the Turkey. The latter two are very different and cannot really be confused with the good old English Oak, they have acorns but the tree itself is quite different.

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