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38 English Oak

(Quercus robur )

A long-lived tree, the English oak has a large wide-spreading crown of rugged branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced—pruning techniques that extend the tree's potential lifespan and health. Planted for forestry and its desirable, durable heartwood, English oaks were made famous as the tree of choice by Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.