Quercus Ilex   Evergreen Oak I

Quercus ilex

This introduction from Europe has been planted in parks and gardens then escaped and successfully colonised parts of the country. Although uncommon in Scotland, Ireland and northern England, the southern counties of England have it in abundance. Like the name suggests it has glossy green leaves and unlike our native oaks this foreigner is evergreen. Its other common name is Holm Oak.

Quercus ilex is common in southern England, the Midlands and round the coast of Wales but records thin out as you go north. In Scotland it is uncommon except around the industrial areas and in Ireland it is a rare escape

Avon Gorge 2nd August 2005

Added on November 17th 2005, updated 8th August 2011

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