A long-lived, deciduous tree of high forest, coppice woodland and ancient wood-pasture. It grows on a wide range of soils, typically those which are heavy and fertile, but does not thrive on thin soils over limestone or acidic peat. It is fairly tolerant of waterlogging, growing at fen margins and in Alnus woodland. It is very widely planted in hedges and woodland. 0-450 m (Talgarth, Brecs.).
The dominance of Q. robur in many woods is the result of many centuries of selective woodland management, followed by deliberate planting in recent centuries. All records are mapped as if they are native.
European Temperate element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1988. Comparative Plant Ecology.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1976)
EW Jones (1959)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
1974. A history of the taxonomy and distribution of the native oak species. The British Oak. :13-26.
1980. Ancient woodland: its history, vegetation and uses in England.