Evergreen Oak - Quercus ilex
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.
Most British records are probably of previously planted specimens.
Flowering in May and June.
Widespread but occasional in Britain, mainly occurring as a planted tree, sometimes naturalised.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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