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Eight amazing facts about oak trees 

The wise old English oak trees are truly interesting trees. Here are eight amazing facts about oak trees that might surprise you!
Oak leaf

Do you recognise this leaf? It looks a little bit like it’s been cut out neatly with scissors. It comes from one of our most special trees — the oak!

  1. Some trees have trunks that are very smooth, but the trunk of an oak tree is ridged and wrinkly.
  2. Oak trees produce acorns. Acorns are green when they appear in spring, but they turn brown in autumn, when squirrels, badgers and mice like to eat them!
  3. Oak trees have been growing here on Earth for about 45 million years.
  4. Every oak tree started its life as a tiny acorn. It seems incredible that something so big can come from something so small — but it’s true!
  5. The wood from oak trees is very hard and strong. People use it to make chairs, tables and even big ships!
  6. A tree like this is also a home for hundreds of insect species. This means an oak tree is an important place for birds to find food.
  7. Over history, the oak has been a symbol for strength and power. Some Roman emperors wore crowns of oak leaves.
  8. Oak trees can live to be very old. Some of the trees we see today have experienced spring more than 800 times!
In the hands of women berries acorns oak.

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