Quercus frainetto at Roath Park Botanic Garden

Quercus frainetto 3

Quercus frainetto
mid May 2018

Quercus frainetto 0

Quercus frainetto
mid August 2015

Quercus frainetto 1

Quercus frainetto
mid October 2015

Quercus frainetto 2

Quercus frainetto
late October 2015

Grid reference ST 18576 79034
Common name Hungarian oak
Common name Italian oak
Origin South east Europe and Turkey
Deciduous Yes
Planted 1988 (National Tree Week)
Height 15M August 2015
Girth 162cm August 2015
Reference 287

This tree is at the south end of the Botanic Garden, east of the brook.

Quercus frainetto bark

Quercus frainetto bark
August 2015

Quercus frainetto foliage

Quercus frainetto foliage
mid August 2015

General tree description

Quercus frainetto is a large tree - it can be over 30 metres tall - with a broad crown and fissured, pale/purplish grey bark. It has large obovate leaves, up to 25 cm long, and divided into 6 to 10 very deep parallel lobes which may be divided into sublobes. The leaves are widest close to the apex. They are initially light yellow green in colour but turn turn rich dark green by the beginning of summer. The upper surface has a rough texture and the underside is grey-green and downy. The acorns are egg shaped, 15–35 mm long, and in a cup covered with russet hairs.

This tree is not common and is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "rather occasional", where occasional is defined as "individuals in many large gardens or towns but more generally absent".