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Birnam Oak

Perth and Kinross

Recorded by: Not specified, Tree Register of the British Isles

  • Heritage Tree

  • Trees of National Special Interest (TNSI)

  • Tree of the Year – Shortlisted

    Scotland, 2015, 2016

About the tree

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Species:
Pedunculate oakQuercus robur
Form:
Maiden
Standing or fallen:
Standing
Living status:
Alive
Girth:
7.46m at a height of 1.50m
Veteran status:
Ancient tree

Location of tree

County:
Perth and Kinross
Country:
Scotland
Grid reference:
NO03264214
Public accessibility:
Public - Scottish Outdoor Access
Surroundings:
River / canal bank, Woodland

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  • This famous tree is reputed to be one of the remaining trees of Birnam Wood, made famous by Shakespeare's Macbeth.

  • Sometimes known as 'MacBeth's Oak' it is unlikely that it was around to see Birnam Wood move to Dunsinane Hill around 1057 but it is centuries old and is a remnant of a great medieval oakwood - the legendary Birnam Wood, immortalised by Shakespeare - which existed in this area.

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Birnam Oak

Perth and Kinross

Recorded by: Not specified, Tree Register of the British Isles

About the tree

Species:
Pedunculate oak
Form:
Maiden
Standing or fallen:
Standing
Living status:
Alive
Girth:
7.46m at a height of 1.50m
Condition:
Holes or water pockets, Hollowing trunk, Hollowing branches, Decaying wood in the crown
Veteran status:
Ancient tree
Tree number:
2422
Local or historic name:
Birnam Oak

Location of tree

County:
Perth and Kinross
Country:
Scotland
Grid reference:
NO03264214
Public accessibility:
Public - Scottish Outdoor Access
Surroundings:
River / canal bank, Woodland
Ancient tree site:
--
Woodland Trust wood:
No

Wildlife

Epiphytes:
--
Fungi:
--
Invertebrates:
--
Bats:
--

Recorded by

Recorded by:
Not specified
Recording organisation:
Tree Register of the British Isles
Recorded on:
01/05/2015