Fastigiate English Oak
Fastigiate English oak (Quercus robur 'Fastigiata')
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.
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