The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

The English Royal oak. Quercus robur.

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The English Royal oak. (Q. robur.) This is the great representative of the family in Europe, and is one of the most magnificent of the genus, growing often in the fine old woods and parks of England, to eighty and one hundred feet in height. The branches spread over a great surface. "The leaves are petiolated, smooth, and of a uniform color on both sides, enlarged towards the summit, and very coarsely toothed." As a single tree for park scenery, this equals any American species in majesty of form, though it is deficient in individual beauty of foliage to some of our oaks. It is to be found for sale in our nurseries, and we hope will become well known among us. The timber is closer grained and more durable, though less elastic than the best American oak; and Michaux, in his Sylva, recommends its introduction into this country largely, on these accounts.