English Oak

English Oak leavesEnglish Oak (Quercus robur)

Lawn of President’s House, next to Schoodic Road

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  • Native to British Isles and other parts of Europe, planted throughout U.S.
  • Majestic species important in British culture at least since the Druids. Yule log was traditionally English oak. Individual trees thought to live more than 1,000 years.
  • Apparently ancient Greeks, Romans, Celts and Druids all thought the tree was magical.
  • Ornamental at UMaine; Maine’s most common oak species is northern red oak (Quercus rubra).