Quercus robur at Roath Park Lake

Quercus robur 0

Quercus robur
February 2015

Quercus robur 1

Quercus robur
mid August 2015

Grid reference ST 18637 79675
Common name Common oak
Common name English oak
Origin Europe
Deciduous Yes
Height 14M January 2015
Girth 344cm, January 2015
Age in 2015 Approx. 165 years[1]
Planted Approx.1850
Reference 81

Almost opposite Lakeside Drive. A tree is shown in this position on the 1880 and 1900 Ordnance Survey maps.

Quercus robur bark

Quercus robur bark
August 2015

Quercus robur foliage

Quercus robur leaf petioles with midge galls
early August 2015

Quercus robur acorn

Quercus robur ripe acorn
mid September 2017

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Quercus robur ripe acorn
mid September 2017

General tree description

Quercus robur is a large deciduous tree with a wide spreading crown. In maturity it can reach a height of 20 to 40 metres, and a girth of over 4 metres, exceptionally 12 metres. It has a long lifespan and commonly lives to several hundred years old. There are examples of Quercus robur reaching ages of more than a thousand years. The leaves are around 10cm long with 4-5 deep lobes with smooth edges, and they have very short stalks. Flowering occurs in mid spring, and the fruits, in the form of acorns, ripen in autumn. They come singly or in groups of up to three in cups on a slender stalk.

Sources of Information

  1. Estimating the Age of Large and Veteran Trees in Britain