Facts About Oak

“Major Oak” is the biggest oak tree in Britain, growing in Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood country.

  • It weighs 23 tons
  • It has a girth of 10m
  • It has a spread is 28m.
  • It can produce 150,00 acorns per year.

Its age? That is concealed in the trunk.

Robin Hood hid in an ancient oak and it is believed to be the Major Oak.

An Oak tree spends 300 years growing, 300 years resting and 300 years declining.

There are over 600 species of Oak.

Oak is one of the most dense natural occurring materials.

Oaks when they reach a certain age have a hollow interior. This is caused by a fungus.

Bark of the Cork Oak is used for making corks.

A common use for European and American Oak is barrels – used for ageing wine, brandy and whisky.

Much of England was covered in Oak forests before modern farming took over the land. Extensive Oak woodlands were cut down to build ships for the Royal Navy in the 18th Century.

Acorns are produced when Oak trees are roughly 20 years old.

Only 1 out of 10.000 acorns get the appropriate conditions to germinate and grow.

Mature trees are capable of absorbing 50 gallons of water per day.

Oak trees have a long history in folk lore and oak is sacred to many people including Ancient Greeks, Norse and Celts.

The word “Druid” means “Oak-man”.

In 2004 the Oak was declared the National Tree of United States of America symbolising the Nations strength.