Botanical Name: Quercus Robur
Common Names: Common Oak, Oak Bark, English Oak, Tanner’s Oak
What is Common Oak?
The oak is a well-known shrub or tree that can be found in the pages of history and even in many children’s fairy tale stories. It is believed that there are almost 600 species of oak trees and that many of these varieties can be found in continents like Asia, Europe and North Africa. China is home to more than 90 different species of oak trees that dot the length and breadth of the country. It can be difficult to spot an oak tree and one of the best ways to do so is to check if there are acorns growing on the tree. If history is to be believed, then the oak tree was considered sacred across many cultures. The Aztecs were aware of the many medicinal benefits of the tree and the early settlers in Britain also held the tree in high regard. The earliest Americans often relied on the oak tree for acorns especially during the bitter winter months. In Spanish, the word used to refer to the oak tree is ‘Encino’.