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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common oak English oak
aac black oak French oak pedunculate oak Polish oak Slavonian oak
Quercus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, with entire, lobed or toothed leaves; flowers inconspicuous, followed by characteristic acorns; sometimes good autumn colour
Q. robur is a large deciduous tree developing a magnificent, broad crown, the leaves with shallow, rounded lobes, turning reddish-brown in autumn. Inconspicuous yellow-green catkins among the young leaves
Europe, SW Asia
Habit Spreading / Branched
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Sand, Clay, Chalk
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Higher than 12 metres
wider than 8 metres
Time to ultimate height
Grows well in most deep, fertile soils and is lime tolerant
Propagate by seed, sown as soon as ripe, in a cold frame
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Susceptible to aphids, caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and oak gall wasps
May be affected by powdery mildew. Also oak wilt in USA only
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