Tree Register of Ireland

COUNTY LIST NAMED TREES TREE SPECIES COMMON NAMES HERITAGE CATEGORIES

Quercus robur


Pedunculate Oak




Charleville Forest, Tullamore, Co. Offaly


Situation: Individual Tree
Visited and photographed on: 17-Aug-09
Height: 19 m Girth: 8.29 m

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'The King Oak'; no-one knows who planted the tree but it seems reasonable to assume that it is a descendant of the original oak forests of Ireland; it is commonly aged between 400-800 years; The Hutton-Bury family believed that if a major branch falls, one of their family members would die, so they supported the enormous limbs over the years with wooden props. In 1963 the tree was hit by a thunderbolt. It survived but Colonel Charles Howard-Bury died a few weeks later.