Quercus ilex Quercus

Quercus

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

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

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