This internationally important group of about 300 sessile oaks includes some of the oldest and largest examples of the species in Scotland.
For centuries, the Corstorphine Sycamore was one of Edinburgh’s finest living landmarks. The sycamore is thought to have been planted about 1600, and is steeped in local history and tradition.
A lone veteran known as the Covenanters’ Oak stands just off the main avenue to historic Dalzell House, on the outskirts of Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.
Located incongruously in the heart of urban Glasgow, the once rural setting of this named sycamore has been heavily encroached upon in recent decades by urban sprawl.
Introduced to these shores by the prolific plant collector David Douglas in 1832, Sitka continues to play a vital role in the nation’s timber supply. This giant Sitka spruce grows in Drumtochty Glen, near Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire.
One of the tallest trees so far recorded in the United Kingdom, and indeed Europe, is a Douglas fir in Reelig Glen, near Inverness.