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B Grade English Oak (Quercus robur)

B Grade English Oak (Quercus robur)

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1 Year Old Bareroot Seedling 12”-24"

‘Grade B’ plants are smaller seedlings that finished the season a bit undersized to be considered ready for field planting for many folks. They are healthy and alive, but a bit small (usually less than 8") and able to get lost in the weeds quickly. They can be field planted to their final homes if you are on top of  watering, mulching, and weeding. We recommend  planting them in a home nursery bed to grow for one full season, develop much larger root systems and be very ready for tougher conditions and less care next year. This is an affordable and sensible way to start small so you can go big with your plantings.

English Oak has many names because it is important to so many people. European, Pedunculate, Common Oak (Quercus robur) all refer to this famous white oak native to much of Europe and is the national tree of England. This tree plays an important ecological role for it’s abundant acorn crop and the many lifeforms that cherish its bounty. Because the English oak is in the white oak family, it’s acorns have lower tannins and can be considered a food producer with the right processing. The English oak is very fast growing, it grows upright and can grow from 75ft to over 100ft  tall. Several specimens in Europe are known to be over 1,000 years old so hopefully many generations will be very grateful you planted this tree.

  • Soil: English Oak thrives in well-drained, loamy soils but shows a remarkable adaptability to a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils.
  • Sunlight: It prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Optimal growth and acorn production are achieved in sunnier locations.
  • Water: While established oaks are drought-tolerant, consistent watering during the early years aids in the development of a strong and healthy root system

Acorn Edibility and Preparation: The acorns of the English Oak, though less commonly consumed today, are edible and were a significant food source in historical times. To make them palatable, it's essential to leach out the tannins, which can be done by soaking the acorns in water. Changing the water regularly until it remains clear is the key to removing the bitterness, making the acorns suitable for consumption or use in various recipes.

Wood Utilization: The wood of the English Oak is highly valued for its strength and durability. It has been traditionally used in fine woodworking, including furniture making and architectural elements. In recent times, its utility has expanded to the cultivation of mushrooms. The wood's texture and composition make it an ideal substrate for various mushroom species, offering a sustainable and efficient use of this resource in agroforestry systems.


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The Tree

Height at maturity:Up to 30 meters

Hardiness Zone:


Water Requirements:

average to moist, well draining

Years to bear:



Prefers full sun. We have seen healthy specimens growing in partial shade


Self pollinator. Will hybridize with other white oak family members in the area


Prefers a rich loamy well drained soil but can adapt to a range of soil conditions.

The Benefits

-Large acorn with low tannins
-Great wood for mushroom production
-Aesthetically beautiful, hangs onto leaves late in the season but has strong wood to prevent being broken by snow
-Awesome climbing tree once mature

Additional info

-One of the most culturally significant oaks in the whole world.
-Can tolerate pollution well and is commonly seen in urban plantings