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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
Website Editor | Aug 14, 2023
Unusual symptoms linked to phytoplasma infection in Quercus humboldtiii, Colombia © Eric Boa
Symptoms linked to phytoplasma infection found in Quercus...
Website Editor | Aug 06, 2023
Different names are being used for one species.
Website Editor | Jun 20, 2023

Plant Focus

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

Roderick Cameron's blog

Oaks in Shakespeare

Falstaff at Hern's Oak

Shakespeare mentions oaks more than any other tree.

Blue Jays and Oaks by Jay Wright

Blue Jays and Oaks by Jay Wright

Tim Boland brought to our attention an interesting discussion of dispersal of acorns by Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata). The presentation was hosted by the Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) and sponsored and is part of AFO Café, a series of informal science conversations about birds, their habitats, and field biology, with a short update on AFO’s programs. 

A Fagaceae Species That Has Flummoxed Taxonomists


An encounter in Taiwan with a genus in Fagaceae I had never heard of.

Saving Quercus frainetto

Quercus frainetto

A proposal to conserve the name for Hungarian oak

Capitol Oaks

Quercus marilandica and the Capitol

Many oaks have been planted as memorial trees near the Capitol

Oaks on Postage Stamps


It turns out quite a number of countries have issued stamps featuring oaks...

Oaks in Macbeth?


Filmmakers have not shown oaks in their portrayals of Birnam Wood.

Acorn Onomastics

Quercus suber acorn

Spanish has many words related to acorns.

Let’s Not Be Sloppy with Quercus lobbii

Laser Scans of Oaks

Queen Elizabeth Oak at Cowdray Park

Mat Disney and his team study oaks using a terrestrial laser scanner