Quercus imbricaria at Roath Park Llandennis Gardens

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Quercus imbricaria
March 2015

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Quercus imbricaria
mid May 2015

Grid reference ST 18401 80590
Common name Shingle oak
Origin Eastern N. America
Deciduous Yes
Status Rather rare
Status Wales Champion 2013
Height 25M February 2015
Girth 250cm February 2015
Age in 2015 Approx. 102 years[1]
Planted Approx.1913
Reference 107

This tree is located left side of the path when heading north, roughly in the centre of the garden. It was probably planted as a ten year old tree in the early 1920s.

Quercus imbricaria bark

Quercus imbricaria bark
May 2015

Quercus imbricaria leaf

Quercus imbricaria leaves
late August 2015

General tree description

Quercus imbricaria grows to around 20 metres tall with a conical shape, becoming broader and rounder with age. It has light brown bark, scaly when mature, and is distinguished from most other oaks by its leaves. These are shaped like laurel leaves, oblong or obovate, 10 to 18 cm long, untoothed and with a bristle point at the tip. They are shiny dark green above, paler and somewhat downy underneath. The fruit is a 1.5 cm acorn, nearly round, in a shallow cup, maturing about 18 months after pollination.

Sources of Information

  1. Estimating the Age of Large and Veteran Trees in Britain