Quercus ilex at Cathays Cemetery

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Quercus ilex
mid June 2021

Grid reference ST 18201 78673
Common name Holm oak
Common name Holly oak
Common name Evergreen oak
Origin Mediterranean
Deciduous No
Map section O
Height 13M July 2021
Girth 217cm July 2021
Reference 728

This tree is north west of the chapels, beside a path junction.

Quercus ilex bark

Quercus ilex bark
mid June 2021

Quercus ilex leaf1

Quercus ilex leaves
mid June 2021

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Quercus ilex flowers
mid June 2021

Quercus ilex leaf2

Quercus ilex leaves
early July 2021

Quercus ilex acorn1

Quercus ilex acorns
mid September 2021

General tree description

Quercus ilex is a large tree, up to 30 metres tall, with a rounded head, and generally dense and bushy. It has blackish, finely cracked bark. The evergreen leaves are leathery, dark glossy green above and greyish beneath. They are often narrowly oval but can be very variable in size and shape, and may or may not be toothed. There are golden catkins in spring / early summer, followed by small acorns (15 to 20mm), in felted cups.