Oak, sessile

Quercus petraea

Origin: native

Type: deciduous

Height: up to 20-40m high

Winter buds: orange brown colour, more than 20 waxy scales, a cluster of terminal buds.

Leaves: simple, alternate, 5-8 pairs of lobes, base of leaf tapers to stalk, 12-20 mm stalk.

Flowers: slender male catkins and pinkish brown female flowers on the end of new shoots.

Fruit: almost stalkless acorns.

Distribution: common in western Britain.

Not to be confused with

Not to be confused with - Oak, pedunculate

Oak, pedunculate

Pedunculate oak has acorns with stalks (Ben Lee/WTML)