Birnam Oak

The Birnam Oak

The Birnam Oak is an example of Sessile oak (Quercus petraea) at Birnam, Perth and Kinross, Scotland (grid reference NO032421). Sometimes known as Macbeth's oak, as it is a relic of Birnam Wood, mentioned in William Shakespeare's play, the tree is found in a strip of woodland on the south bank of the River Tay.[1] The trunk is 5.5 metres wide and its large spreading branches have latterly been supported on a number of struts to prevent them from collapsing under their own weight.[2] The tree is listed as one of the Forestry Commission's Heritage Trees.[3]


  1. ^ Magnusson, Magnus (2000), Scotland: the story of a nation, HarperCollins 
  2. ^ Pakenham, Thomas (1997), Meetings with remarkable trees, London: Phoenix Illustrated 
  3. ^ "The Birnam Oak", Forestry Commission: Heritage Trees, retrieved April 29, 2011 
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