Quercus canariensis at Parc Cefn Onn

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Quercus canariensis
early June 2015

Grid reference ST 17817 83817
Common name Algerian oak
Common name Mirbeck's oak
Origin North Africa and Iberia
Deciduous No, semi-evergreen
Status Rare
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 22M June 2015
Girth 195cm June 2015
Reference 030

This tree is at the south west end of the lower park, approximately 17M from the end of the twisted steel railing.

Quercus canariensis bark

Quercus canariensis bark
August 2015

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Quercus canariensis leaves
late September 2017

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.