*English oak

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*Quercus robur
ENGLISH OAK

Fagaceae
Eurasia, N. Africa

Location: map coordinates Q-18 (south side of Thomasson Building), N 39°11'8'' W 75°32'39''

Planting history: presently unknown.

Description:
  • tall deciduous tree
  • etymology: Quercus = the Latin name; robur = Latin name for the oak and its wood; robust
  • leaves simple, alternate, relatively small; with 7-11 lobes
  • monoecious (separate male and female flowers on same tree); flowers tiny; male flowers in drooping catkins, female flowers inconspicuous
  • fruit is an acorn (develops from ovary of female flower)
  • in the “white oak group”: leaf lobes rounded; acorn matures in 1 year, often relatively sweet and edible
  • end buds clustered (typical of oaks)
  • wood used for boats, furniture, wine casks
  • native to Britain, and also Iceland, W. Europe, Asia Minor; long-lived

*Non-native species (not native to Delaware)
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