The English Oak, or Quercus robur, as it is known in latin is, unsurprisingly, a national favourite.
One of the reasons why I love the English Oak is, I believe, the same as why many others do too; they ooze character.
English Oaks typically have large, sturdy trunks which, once aged, have fascinating individual details and engravings. Each bonsai has a unique story and so each bonsai tree also has a completely different trunk to the next, giving each and every one a sense of individuality despite their similar, signature appearance.
Their hardy nature and structure perfectly reflect the reason why the Oak is an emblem of power, strength, ancient wisdom and survival and many nations, including England, have chosen the Oak as their national tree.
In addition to this, the English Oak is representative of qualities related to power and durability, as well as being considered a bearer of good luck, fertility, potency, healing and health.
A feature I really admire of oak trees is their vibrant green leaves with perfectly defined, patterned edges. It’s not hard to see why they are the ultimate telltale signs of an Oak tree; after all, their marvellously symmetric and slender lobed leaves are truly striking to those with attention to small details, even when so many are combined in a dense canopy.
Another reason why an English Oak is one of my favourite trees is that they have a sense of warmth about them; the size and exemplary proportions from years of work and development, gives the larger oak trees an air of wisdom, making them a comforting- yet powerful- presence wherever they may be placed.
And so, I believe that the oak is one of the best choices of bonsai due to their immense character and unequalled charm.