Tree ID

 
Will grow into a very large tree if not coppiced. Often slender for a big tree, tapering towards the top. In woodland, it will develop a very tall, straight trunk.
 
Q. robur is ultimately a large tree; heavy limbed, spreading with twisted branches and broad crown which will become broader than tall.
 
When growing in the forest – tall dome on upward facing branches on top of long straight trunk.
 
A small to medium sized tree with a straight, clean trunk. A fairly open and uncluttered top with branches pointing cleanly upwards. Hardy.
 
A large tree (up to 25m) with a solid trunk. The spreading crown is often high. Branches take an upward direction but droop at the thinner ends.
 
Messy-looking, dense, twiggy, spiny, spreading. Generally looks like a big bush rather than a tree. Can form impenetrable thickets. Can be surrounded by suckers. Hard to see any central trunk.
 
Hedgerow shrub or small tree. Can be multi-stemmed or with single trunk.
 
A general upright character with densely packed, fine branches and a muscular trunk.
 
It can often be no more than a shrub with multiple stems but can grow into a taller tree with bushy crown.
 
Vigorous, fast-growing pioneer species. Young branches point upwards but eventually, their tips take on a weeping nature, putting the pendulous in pendula.
 
Upright, straight-trunked tree. Spire-shaped when young, potentially broadening with age.

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Young leaves can be eaten raw. The flowers can be made into wine and the ripe berries make a great jelly.
 
The flowers have a fragrant and honey-like smell, pick them in full bloom and dry to make a soothing tea. You can eat the young leaves raw in salads and sandwiches.
 
Remove the nuts from the shells, they can be eaten raw or roasted. You can crush them and eat them with your cereal, salad or use in a pesto. You can also soak them in water to make milk.
 
The small nuts are edible raw without the husk. You can eat the young leaves straight from the tree or in a salad.