Turkey Oak - Quercus cerris
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.
Roadside verges, parks and woodland.
Flowering May to June.
Not particularly common in Britain but widely spread in most of England and Wales with fewer records from northern England and Scotland.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 57 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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