Quercus robur
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Quercus robur

English oak

  family fagaceae 
  genus quercus 

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Genus  Quercus Species  robur Variety  Cultivar  Common names  English oak   Darach   eik Family  FAGACEAE Specimen number  S8638 Data source  DyePl p65;DyePl p68;DyePl p58;MedPl p258
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The bark of Quercus robur as well as the acorns has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Black and black are common colors produced with English oak. Quercus robur is known as Darach in Gaelic and eik in Norwegian. English oak was used in Bosnia and Herzegovina for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   emollient Medicinal parts  Bark   Galls Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Quercus robur is thought to have beneficial uses as either an astringent or an emollient. The bark and the galls are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Bark   Acorns Dye color  black,gray
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Quercus robur is thought to originate from Scotland, Norway and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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