West Highland Flora

Common Oak


Quercus robur

 

Quercus robur

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye

Frequent in lowland woods

Tree to 30 m tall.  Leaves 5-12 cm

ID: Leaves have characteristic lobed shape.  Told from Durmast Oak by the leaves having stalks mostly only a few mm long, and all of them less than 10 mm long.  In Durmast Oak practically all of them are more than 10 mm long.  Hybrids are very common.

Other features: In contrast to the leaves, the acorns (singly or in groups) are on stalks over 2 cm long, whereas on Durmast Oak these stalks are less than 1 cm.  The basal lobes of the leaves project back beyond where the leaf blade meets the stalk, whereas Durmast Oak leaves taper towards the stalk.

 

Quercus robur

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye

 

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