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Large oak tree leaves

Some 12 months ago we had a large oak tree in our garden seriously pruned.

Now that the season's leaves are falling, we have noticed that some of the leaves, rather than being the usual 8cm in length are around 22cm long.

Is this as a result of the pruning as the energy of the tree growth is going into fewer leaves, or is it due to the unseasonal weather we have experienced this last year?

We live some 15 miles NW of London and I apologise for the somewhat non-technical description of the issue!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    It won't be the current weather.

    No experience of cutting oak hard but many plants grow bigger leaves if hard pruned

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859

    I’d like to see a photo of the 8” long oak leaf please. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Maybe it is an american oak; they have big leaves.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,639

    Many trees make far larger leaves than usual the first year after pruning - catalpa is a prime example - so maybe this oak is just doing the same thing and maximising leaf surface to increase photosynthesis potential for feeding itself.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks for the replies. I attach a photo with two ordinary leaves alongside.image

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859

    Gosh, that is a whopper ?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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