Quercus pubescens (Downy Oak)
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Native: Sothern Europe, west Asia, Caucasus.
Leaves are downy when young but during the summer the upper surface becomes smooth and hairless; they are 5-9cm long. The winter buds and new shoots are covered in down which, with the downy leaves, gives this oak its common name.
Flowers at the end of May, the females are to be seen in the leaf axils on the new growth.
Acorns are 2.5cm long and fall in October.