Evergreen Oak - Quercus ilex

    Alternative names
    Holm Oak

    A tree to 20 metres. Leaves thick and leathery, deep green, oval finely toothed or with shallow spines, grey downy beneath. Catkins greenish yellow. Acorns small ripening in the first year.

    Identification difficulty

    Most British records are probably of previously planted specimens.

    When to see it

    Flowering in May and June.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in Britain, mainly occurring as a planted tree, sometimes naturalised.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

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