The Oak tree is a symbol of strength and perserverance

The Mighty Quercus

In this post we are going to explain the origin, properties and symbology of the oak tree, one of the most loved trees in the world.

The oak (Quercus robur) belongs to the Quercus genus tree species – there are up to 800 species all over the world, especially in the Northern hemisphere where they are native. It’s a long-lived tree which can live more than 1000 years.

The meaning of Quercus robur is “oak” (quercus) + ” strength” (robur).

The oak is a tree with multiple uses: the boiled bark has therapeutic properties. Its fruit (acorn) is used to feed livestock and also in times of shortage have also been used for human consumption. A meadow of oaks is a refuge for many animal species. The shape of the blade is very characteristic, and is found in badges, coins or medals .

The oak is one of the most loved trees by the humans, and it can be easily found in many artistic creations. It is also the national symbol of many regions and countries: USA, UK, Germany, Croatia,…

Its Symbolism

The oak symbolizes physical strength and morale. They grow slowly but surely.

In different mythologies they have represented powerful gods – in Greek mythology it was a symbol of Zeus, the God of Thunder.

Even the Druids believed that oaks were a door to another world, and symbolized knowledge and power. Indeed, the word “druid” means “the one who knows the oak”. A Celtic myth associates the figure of the king oak ruling half of the year with light.

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Comments

  1. Aren’t Oaks easily susceptible to disease? I think I recall many dying in the Midwest due to a blight of some kind. Maples, also.

    • Oaks grow slowly, but they are really resistant. Of course, as most trees there are some disease that affect them. But their growth rate is high.

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