Mirbeck's Oak (quercus
Sometimes known as the Algerian Oak because it is
native to several areas of North Africa. It is also found growing wild
in Spain and Portugal, but not as its name might suggest, in the Canary
The leaves are semi-glossy green with rounded lobes. They are 12cm
(5 in) long by 7cm (3 in) wide at the widest point. The underside of
the leaves often have a white dusty mark where the leaf joins the
stem. The bark is typical of oaks though darker in colour.
The male flowers are catkins, the female flowers being small and
inconspicuous. The fruits are acorns which reach maturity in October
time. They are about 3cm (1 in) long and become ripe in the same
year they are formed.
In keeping with its country of origin, quercus canariensis
thrives in warm temperatures. Soil should be a deep and moisture
retentive. The tree will eventually reach a height of 35m (120 ft). These are
long lived trees, reaching up to 250 year old.
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