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The oak tree in Skjomendalen © Gerhard Sørensen-Fuglem and Cecilia Piccirilli Bjerkeset
An oak grows north of the Arctic Circle in Norway
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Unusual symptoms linked to phytoplasma infection in Quercus humboldtiii, Colombia © Eric Boa
Symptoms linked to phytoplasma infection found in Quercus...
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Different names are being used for one species.
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Plant Focus

A small but mature Alabama sandstone oak producing acorns © Patrick Thompson
A Critically Endangered dwarf oak 

Oak Poetry


Previous entries in this series of poems that mention oaks have tended to be complimentary of our favorite genus of trees. In this one, however, the oak plays the anti-hero, proud, haughty, and inflexible opposite the pliant reed that bends but does not break.

"Oak Time" by W.S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin - 1960s. Source: The Merwin Conservancy

Continuing our series of posts of poems that feature oaks: a meditation on the passing of time measured by the lives of ancient oaks.

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"The Oak of Guernica" by William Wordsworth


A sonnet written by the English Romantic poet in support of the Spanish people during the Peninsular War

"Burning Oak, November" by Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates - Source: Twitter

The fourth in a series of posts of poems featuring oaks.


Our third post of poems featuring oaks again has Quercus virginiana (southern live oak) as its theme, this time in a poem by Walt Whitman.

"Live Oak, with Bromeliads" by Eric Ormsby

Quarters Oak Alley, Evergreen Plantation, Edgard, Louisiana by Wiliam Guion

The second in a new series of posts of poems featuring oaks. Eric Ormsby's poem focuses on Quercus virginiana (southern live oak).

"Oxblood" by James Lasdun

Oxblood color

The first in a series of posts of poems featuring oaks.