NATIVE RANGE: Europe, from Ireland through to Iran
DESCRIPTION: Large deciduous tree in the white oak family with undulating leaves of five to six lobes, acorns that grow without stalks directly off branches
JEWELRY: Hand-carved leaf necklace with accentuated ridges and valleys
BIRNAM WOOD: In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the three witches that give the Ides of March prophesy live in Birnam Wood, a famed forest throughout Medieval and Renaissance Scotland. The only tree left today of that once vast forest is a sessile oak, nicknamed the Birnam Oak. It is several hundred years old and may have been a baby in Shakespeare’s time.