Turkey Oak - Quercus cerris

    Description

    A large deciduous tree up to 37m tall with a trunk diameter up to 2 metres. The terminal bud of the twigs is protected by numerous stipules which persist, even on mature leaves. Leaves rather unevenly lobed, dull green and slightly rough above, downy beneath and stalked. The very short stalked acorns ripen in the second year, the acorn cup is surrounded by tassel like scales.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Roadside verges, parks and woodland.

    When to see it

    Flowering May to June.

    Life History

    Deciduous Tree.

    UK Status

    Not particularly common in Britain but widely spread in most of England and Wales with fewer records from northern England and Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 57 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map