Plant Information

Plant Information

Fastigiate English Oak

Fastigiate English oak (Quercus robur 'Fastigiata')

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The fastigiate English oak is a columnar form of this species, which is popular in Europe. It has been widely planted in North America since the 1600s. It is a large, majestic, deciduous oak of the white oak group that typically grows in cultivation to 40–70 feet tall with a broad-spreading, rounded crown. Trunks are typically short, with ridged and furrowed dark gray to black bark. Acorns are an important source of food for wildlife. Short-stalked, dark green leaves (3–5 inches long) with 3–7 blunt lobes per side are blue-green beneath. Upswept branches bearing dark green leaves typically spread no more than 10 to 15 feet at maturity, making this a useful tree for tight spaces.  English oak is very adaptable and suitable for urban planting but should be sited in full sun to reduce the occurence of mildew.

Quercus robur 'Fastigiata'Quercus robur 'Fastigiata'


Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years