Quercus rysophylla at Roath Park Pleasure Garden

Quercus rysophylla 0

Quercus rysophylla
February 2015

Quercus rysophylla 1

Quercus rysophylla
late June 2015

Quercus rysophylla 2

Quercus rysophylla
early November 2018

Grid reference ST 18657 78788
Common name Loquat oak
Origin Mexico
Deciduous No
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 9M February 2015
Height 12.5M November 2018
Girth 42cm February 2015
Girth 68cm November 2018
Reference 100

This tree is on the lawn at the north end of the Garden, not far from the tennis court.

Quercus rysophylla bark

Quercus rysophylla bark
February 2015

Quercus rysophylla leaf

Quercus rysophylla leaf
February 2015

Quercus rysophylla foliage

Quercus rysophylla foliage
mid July 2015

Quercus rysophylla acorn

Quercus rysophylla acorn
early September 2018

General tree description

The Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs 2019 (page 337) states that Quercus rysophylla "was first received by Hillier Nurseries in 1978 and was introduced by Sir Harold Hillier in the following year." Its ultimate height in this country is unknown, but it can reach 25 metres in its native habitat and a specimen in the Sir Harold Hillier Garden had reached 20.5 metres in 2013. Q. rysophylla has thick, elliptical leaves 6 to 22cm long, bright red in spring, maturing to a bright glossy green above and hairless underneath.