Quercus ilex

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Product: Quercus ilex
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: deep, fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: June
  • Flower colour: golden-yellow male catkins
  • Other features: useful as a windbreak in coastal gardens
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

A rounded, evergreen tree with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and smooth dark grey bark. In June the new, silver-white leaves appear, along with the golden-yellow male catkins, followed in autumn by rounded acorns, either singularly or in bunches. An attractive tree which tolerates salt spray and strong winds, and is often seen planted as a windbreak or along avenues in coast towns.