Quercus ilex (Holm Oak)
Also known as: Holly Oak
Native: Mediterranean region
Location: Common in parks and gardens and roadsides.
it make a good solid healthy looking tree as wide as it is tall with a dense dark appearance due to the abundance of its foliage. It thrives with clipping.
Leaves are variable in sizes 3.7-7.5cm long, and may have spine-tipped teeth or be untoothed. Young leaves have down on both surfaces but this soon falls away from the upper surface, leaving it dark glossy green.
Flowers appear with the new leaves in June, female flowers are in the new leaf axils.
The acorns up to 1.8cm long, fall in October, after good summers there is usually a very heavy crop.