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Common name: Armenian Oak or Pontine OakType: Ornamental treesAspect: TolerantColour: Not applicableSeason: SummerSoil: Moist and well drainedSize: MediumDelivery: Unavailable until COVID19 lockdown endsImage: WTGN
Quercus pontica is a rare but very garden-worthy deciduous tree, sometimes growing in the wild as as a multi-stemmed shrub - perhaps the result of grazing animals taking out growing tips. Native to the Caucasus, north-east Turkey and Armenia, the stand-out feature must be the very large dark green ovate leaves, up to 20cm in length, possible even as long as 35cm in mature specimens, turning yellow in autumn and then to brownish-copper in winter. Males catkins are produced in spring and clusters of acorns in autumn, while the long, pointed buds are most unusual and noteworthy.
Grow Quercus pontica in full or light shade on moist, fertile but well drained soils where it will most likely form a small single stemmed tree or a very striking multi-stemmed shrub. Fully hardy. H: 4-6m.