30. Quercus robur – Columnar English Oak ‘Fastigiata’
Scientific Name: Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’
Although called the English Oak, this tree is native to much of Europe. Historically it has been used to shipbuilding and the half-timber architecture common to medieval times. It also hosts the largest biodiversity of herbivorous insects of any British plant. Carl Linnaeus, the famous Swedish zoologist and botanist, gave oaks their proper genus name, Quercus. One of the oldest English oaks resides in Lithuania and is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old.
DBH: 11.4 inches