Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' at Heath Park

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Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana'
early August 2015

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Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana'
late November 2018

Grid reference ST 17792 79660
Common name Lucombe oak
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Semi evergreen
Height 16.5M July 2015
Girth 364cm July 2015
Reference 248

This tree, with its slightly purplish bark, is on the lawn opposite College House. When the military camp was constructed during the 1939-45 war, huts were arranged around it as can be seen as a mature tree in both 1950 and 1952 aerial photographs.

Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' bark

Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' bark
July 2015

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Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' bark
August 2015

Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' leaf

Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' leaf
late July 2015

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Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' topside of leaves
early August 2015

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Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' underside of leaves
early August 2015

Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' fruit

Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' fruit
early September 2015

General tree description

Quercus x hispanica 'Lucombeana' is a hybrid of the Turkey and Cork oaks (Q. cerris and Q. suber), in Britain mostly originating with one raised by William Lucombe in 1762 at his nursery at Exeter. It is a semi-evergreen, medium to large tree, up to 35 metres tall, with a wide rounded head of branches. Its bark is purple-grey, thick and fissured though not corky. The leaves are oval or ovate, irregularly lobed, dark and shiny above, grey-felted below, and often remaining on the tree through the winter. The acorns are 2 to 2.5 cm long and more than half enclosed in the cup.