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Common name: Crimson spire oakType: Ornamental treesAspect: Prefers full sunColour: Not applicableSeason: SummerSoil: Moist and well drainedSize: LargeDelivery: Collection onlyImage: WTGN
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A rare hybrid oak, its parents being Quercus robur f. fastigiata, from which its narrow form derives, and the north American Quercus alba, and is grown for its narrow habit and fiery red autumn foliage.
Extremely hardy, and happy on any reasonably fertile and moist soil in full sun or light shade. Leaves during the summer are glossy mid-green and relatively large.
Quercus x bimundorum 'Crimson Spire is fully hardy, entirely mildew resistant, which is something which can mar the appearance of native English oaks, and can be succesfully planted even in exposed positions, as a stand-alone specimen or as a useful screening plant.
The acorns are much larger than our native trees, some 2.5cm across. Final height is likely to be about 10m and width about 4m, indicating the columnar growth habit.