Quercus ilex Oak

Evergreen or Holm Oak

Description: A versatile evergreen eventually becoming a dome shaped specimen parkland tree. Its dark grey bark and narrow oval leaves are dark green above, silver grey and hairy underneath. Yellow catkins in June give rise to acorns one third enclosed.

History: In cultivation in England since the 1500s.

Quercus Growing Tips: Grows best in deep fertile soil in mild areas, but will tolerate both dry and chalky soil and a coastal location. 

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 7m x 5m

Attributes

  • Evergreen
  • Leaf colour: Green/ Silver
  • L Size: Large
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Open space planting
  • Drought tolerant
  • Suitable for hedging
  • Do not prune
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Chalk tolerant

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