At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fagaceae
Latin Name: Quercus robur
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Reddish-brown
Bloom: Yellow-green
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Broad round crown
Bark: Ridged and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 8
Size: 40 to 70 feet
Spread: 40 to 70 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Scientifically, the English Oak is classified as the Quercus Robur; it belongs to the Fagaceae family. Commonly, it also goes by “Pedunculate Oak” and “French Oak”. Typically cultivated in temperate regions and boasting a 5-8 hardiness rating, the English Oak is widespread in the eastern and northwestern United States, and can also be found throughout southern Canada. It is a beloved tree of wordsmiths and woodsmiths alike, as it is widely celebrated in literature and is also commended for its high-quality wood in the manufacturing of furniture and boats. The English Oak’s heartwood is durable, long-lasting, and strong, with distinctive dark and light brown growth rings. Its bark is ridged and furrowed.

The English Oak is deciduous, shedding its dark green leaves in the autumn, and showing off yellow-green blossoms in April. Broad with a rounded crown, it can reach between 40-70 ft. in both height and span, on average. The English Oak supports great biodiversity; many insects, birds, and trees live off of the tree’s leaves, buds, and acorns. It favors medium well-drained soil and full sun. Given ideal conditions, it may live for centuries. The “Majesty Oak”, boasting a circumference of 40 ft., is Great Britain’s thickest tree; Lithuania’s “Stelmuze Oak” and Bulgaria’s “Granit Oak”, both believed to be over 1,500 years old, are said to be among the oldest.

“You stand beneath the arthritic boughs of any English oak, and you survey a thousand tales.” –Jim Crace

A symbolic tree in many of the world’s cultures, the English Oak is almost universally cherished. It is England’s national emblem, the national symbol of Croatia, and the national coat of arms of Bulgaria. Basque prime ministers swear their oaths of office beneath such trees, and German painters and writers often included the tree as a symbol of romanticism in their work.

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