Tree Following, September 2016 – an English oak

tree-following-sept16-1Following on from last month I see that the acorns have grown to about 1″/25mm, and are still in their cupules.  As they’re on stalks, unlike the leaves, that confirms this is an English oak (Quercus robur), which is the most common tree species in the UK.

Apparently acorns are not produced until the tree is 40 years old, which I was surprised to read.

Oak trees are important for wildlife as they support more insects and lichens than any other native trees.


Thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree Following on her blog, and do have a look at this comprehensive post to see what it’s all about.

Have a good weekend!


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23 Responses to Tree Following, September 2016 – an English oak

  1. Jo says:

    I never knew that acorns are only produced on trees which are over forty years old. It’s amazing what you can discover when you take the time to really investigate something.

  2. Andy says:

    I guess, for the age Oaks can grow to, 40 is still a juvenile.

  3. princessines says:

    wow….40 years before they produce fruit!!!!! thanks for another great post….educational too…

  4. Oh I am so jealous! My oak is VERY old and hasn’t produced a single acorn this year, just lots of galls…
    Thanks for posting 🙂

  5. Liz says:

    That was a very informative post. I love oak trees. The squirrels are getting at the acorns here and they are all over the ground.

  6. Awesome update thank for sharing have a blessed day

  7. Jo says:

    Well you learn something new everyday. My little oak sapling is way to young to produce acorns but it was lovely to see the ones on your tree. x

  8. menhir1 says:

    Those are very clear and detailed acorns in their capsules; nice to see. xx

  9. snowbird says:

    Lovely acorns! I saw some on the ground today while walking the dogs. Goodness, who knew that the tree had to be forty before it has acorns, that’s a fascinating thing to

  10. Forty years before the tree gets acorns, I had no idea!

  11. nikkipolani says:

    Wait, so your tree is old enough to be producing acorns?!

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