Quercus Ilex (Holm Oak)
|Common Name(s)||:||Holm Oak,Oak|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Summer Interest,Winter Interest|
|Mature Size||:||Large (over 20m)|
|Tree uses||:||Coastal Planting|
|Tree Type||:||Evergreen Broad Leaf|
|Tree uses||:||Raised Screening Trees,Urban Sites,Woodland Sites,Garden,Cold Exposed Sites,Light Sandy Sites,Avenue Trees,Parkland Trees,Screening Trees|
The Holm Oak is a native of Mediterranean countries, but it has been grown in Britain since the 1500s.
The Holm Oak tree is a native of Mediterranean countries, but it has been grown in Britain since the 1500s, and is now thought to be a native of Southern Ireland.
The timber is hard and long-lasting, used for joinery, vine-props and for charcoal. It won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002 and is surely one of the most majestic of evergreen trees grown in the UK.
If left to its own devices it forms a large tree with a densely rounded habit, good examples of which can be seen opposite Holkham Hall on the North Norfolk coast.
It is perhaps surprisingly versatile, being suitable for coastal plantings, topiary and as stilted hedging.
This oak tree also tolerates shade and air pollution. Suitable for parks and gardens but thriving best on free draining soils.
Mature height: 20m+