Evergreen Oak, Holm Oak, Oak

  • A row of semi mature Quercus ilex at Barcham Trees

    A row of semi mature Quercus ilex at Barcham Trees

  • A mature specimen of Quercus ilex in a parkland environment

    A mature specimen of Quercus ilex in a parkland environment

  • Quercus ilex multi-stemmed at Barcham Trees

    Quercus ilex multi-stemmed, 1.5-2m tall showing scale

  • Low crowned Quercus ilex at Barcham Trees

    Low crowned Quercus ilex at Barcham Trees

Quercus ilex

Low crowned Quercus ilex at Barcham Trees

Low crowned Quercus ilex at Barcham Trees

Quercus ilex

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.

We stock these as both single or multi-stemmed.

Mature heights and crown spread can vary depending on environmental conditions

Mature height: 20m+

Mature spread: 12-18m