When young its spreading boughs form good cover for game.
Its boughs are strong and spreading.
The hind-feet have only four toes, owing to the suppression of the first, in place of which they have a fleshy pad on the inner side of the foot, between which and the toes boughs and other objects can be firmly grasped as with a hand.
The British oak is one of the largest trees of the genus, though old specimens are often more remarkable for the great size of the trunk and main boughs than for very lofty growth.
In old age the huge columnar trunk rises to a great height bare of boughs, while on the upper part the branches are short and irregular.