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Commonly known as Oak
Semi-evergreenKeeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.Leathery, leaves 10-25cm (4-10in) long by 4-9cm (1½-3½in) wide
Height30m (98ft) in natural habitat
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouseTolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
Will grow outside in milder locationsThis could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowA rarity from moist, subtropical woodland valleys. Enormous acorns to 12cm (5in) across. Specimen in temperate house at Kew is trimmedPests & DiseasesAphids, gall wasps, oak wilt, honey fungus, powdery mildewPlace of originCentral America, Mexico
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
HardinessTender (greenhouse & conservatory)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten(Can be harmful to pets if eaten)
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
30m (98ft) in natural habitat