|Grid reference||ST 17817 83817|
|Common name||Algerian oak|
|Common name||Mirbeck's oak|
|Origin||North Africa and Iberia|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2013|
|Height||22M June 2015|
|Girth||195cm June 2015|
This tree is at the south west end of the lower park, approximately 17M from the end of the twisted steel railing.
General tree description
Quercus canariensis is a medium to large tree, up to around 30 metres tall, with a dense, rounded head when mature. It has dark purplish-grey bark, deeply fissured with small square plates. Its leaves are large - up to 18cm long - oval or obovate, dark shining green above, but paler, slightly glaucous, below. They are shallowly lobed, with eight to fourteen pairs of small regular lobes, and remain on the tree through winter. Flowers appear in April and May. The male flowers are catkins, and the (inconspicuous) female flowers when fertilised develop into acorns. These are 2.5cm long, in downy cups.