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Native to the Mediterranean fringe east to Pakistan, this extremely hardy, evergreen oak will form a handsome, broadly spreading tree up to 15-20m in height. Happy in full sun or semi shade, and best planted in reasonably moist and fertile soils.
Quercus ilex is fully hardy, for example withstanding cold winters on the Norfolk coast quite happily. Visitors to Holkham Hall on the north Norfolk coast will be able enjoy numerous magnificent examples of Quercus ilex grown to full mature glory in an open parkland setting.