Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.

Sessile Oak

A widespreading tree with a single trunk that extends into the crown. Branches ascending, relatively straight. Leaves with several lobes on each side, widest more or less at the middle. Leaf stalk more than 1 cm long. Acorns more or less stalkless.


A European forest oak with leaves similar to Q. robur.

Quercus ×”rosacea Bechst. is the hybrid between this species and Q. robur producing trees with characters of both species; this hybrid is encountered occasionally and is generally identified by the short-stalked acorns and intermediate leaf characters.

Similar to those of Q. robur.

Differs from Q. robur in its more or less stalkless acorns, more upright main branches, buds that are generally larger and more pointed, firmer leaves that are often truncate (not eared) at the base and with persistent hairs on veins and midrib, and the leaf stalk that is more than 1 cm long.

VIC: Elsternwick ('Ripponlea', 3 trees in the drive); Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), 'A' Gate tree has many Q. petraea features but is more or less evergreen and possibly a hybrid with Q. canariensis; King's Domain, (by path running diagonally from Herbarium to Shrine; east side of Dallas Brooks Drive opposite Edmund Herring Reserve, possibly a hybrid); Kyneton (Visitor Centre park, Calder Hwy).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Fagaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Quercus petraea 'Cochleata'

Leaf edges bent down to give the leaf a hooded appearance. A specimen at Camperdown Botanic Gardens, Victoria.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Fagaceae
genus        Quercus L.