Quercus ilex at Roath Park Pleasure Garden

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Quercus ilex
mid July 2017

Grid reference ST 18733 78686
Common name Holm oak
Common name Holly oak
Common name Evergreen oak
Origin Mediterranean
Deciduous No
Identified by Owen Johnson
Identified by RHS Garden Wisley
Height 17M September 2017
Girth 281cm @ 0.3M September 2017
Reference 524

This tree is the smaller of two oaks on the easterly border of the bowling green, close to the Tydraw Road railings. It is about 3M behind the bowling club sign. Its leaves are an unusual shape for a Quercus ilex, but other characteristics of the leaves are consistent with Q.ilex, a species noted for the variable shape of its leaves. Above 0.3M the trunk divies into two. No acorns were seen in 2017.

This tree believed to be evergreen.

Quercus ilex bark

Quercus ilex bark (with Ivy removed)
September 2017

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Quercus ilex
October 2017

Quercus ilex foliage

Quercus ilex leaves after rain
September 2017

Quercus ilex leaf

Quercus ilex leaves after rain
September 2017

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Quercus ilex underside of leaf
October 2017

General tree description

Quercus ilex is a large tree, up to 30 metres tall, with a rounded head, and generally dense and bushy. It has blackish, finely cracked bark. The evergreen leaves are leathery, dark glossy green above and greyish beneath. They are often narrowly oval but can be very variable in size and shape, and may or may not be toothed. There are golden catkins in spring / early summer, followed by small acorns (15 to 20mm), in felted cups.