A large, fast growing oak tree with unusual furry oak cups and long thin leaves that distinguish it from its native cousins. Its shiny dark leaves with grey-green undersides leaf out late, turn yellow-brown, sometimes tinged with reddish autumn colours, and stay long on the tree, often into spring.
Fruit: It produces acorns which are set in furry cups, they ripen in October. The seed cups are used as buttons.
Timber:It has hard strong and durable timber.
Soil Types / Habitat:It can grow in most soils, but does grow in very alkaline soils. It can tolerate strong winds. It is salt tolerant therefore can grow on coastal areas. It prefers full sun or partial shade sites.