Word Of The Day: Fastigiate

Fastigiate / adjective / botany
(of a tree or shrub) having the branches more or less parallel to the main stem.

This is Quercus Fastigiata – an oak with a pyramid or fastigiate shape. According to the description on the little plaque next to the tree, it is a rare species. None of the other trees had plaques, so that in itself says that this is a rare species.

I looked at the leaves before I saw the plaque. I saw oak leaves and I couldn’t believe it. No oak in my experience was this shape. It was going against all previous information on oak-ness. Where were the spreading branches and the ruminants sheltering under it like in this ‘proper’ oak?

You learn something every day.


  1. JenT says:

    It is the strangest thing. I installed Brave to take the place of Chrome and the Admin Bar does not appear on any WPcom site that has a Custom domain. I also Liked this post from the front end, but it melted away until I did so from within the Reader. Odd.

    Is this a recent photo? In other words, have you been able to get out?


    1. Will you report the browser issue?

      There are issues with Safari as well.

      And on Safari on the iPhone it’s impossible to ‘like’ a post. Instead it just opens another browser window.

      Also, I discovered another issue with Safari on OS a couple of days ago. If I delete the text in a paragraph by back spacing, the page locks up when it gets to the final character. I reported it and they are working on it.

      Yes, we went a couple of days ago. Now it looks like we might be headed for another lockdown.

      I read what is happening in Israel. How are you coping?


      1. JenT says:

        I will report the issue with Brave perhaps later today.

        Glad to hear you were able to get out. I hope your government does things more sensibly than ours.

        Coping? Not really. :/


        1. Are you all healthy?
          We were just listening to the Government Chief Scientific Advisor and the Medical Officer for Health talking about the exponential rise in cases and the need for a second lockdown.

          In good news, the weather is a bit colder but it is sunny – and a change in the weather makes me feel that things are moving forward rather than being in suspended animation.

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        2. JenT says:

          Thankfully, we are healthy and waiting for the weather to turn. It’s still much too hot in the daytime. Since we’re not going out much in any event, we enjoy the afternoon breezes while sitting on our balcony. Stay well!

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  2. Joan E Miller says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. I have not heard of Quercus fastigiata. I see it’s also called English Oak. We have a similar shaped tree here – simply called Poplar. It grows upright the same way, and can get quite tall, 100 feet or more. They can become a nuisance. They have very aggressive roots and seek water over a great distance. I have a tree next to my backyard, technically in my neighbor’s yard. It towers over, sends roots into my yard from under a concrete wall. My house is 102 years old and I suspect the tree is also very old. The two properties were once one. They tried to cut it down, but it sprouted back and continues to sprout back each time. I pull out sprouts in my yard every year. They are in the Aspen/cottonwood family.


    1. A yes, poplars love water. This is oak – a different species – and definitely not English oak. That is Quercus robur or pedunculate oak (because the acorns are on stalks). We also have the Holm Oak (Quercus Ilex) or Sessile oak where the acorns are right next to the twig, with no stalk. It is not native. It was introduced to the UK in the 1500s and it is an evergreen, and the leaves are not indented like on a ‘normal’ oak.


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