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Care of the plant Quercus cerris or Turkey oak.

Care of the plant Quercus cerris or Turkey oak

The genus Quercus, family Fagaceae, comprises 500 species of trees and shrubs native to Europe, North America, Asia and South America. Some species are: Quercus cerris, Quercus ilex, Quercus suber, Quercus coccifera, Quercus canariensis, Quercus alba, Quercus garryana, Quercus robur.

Common names: Austrian oak, Turkey oak. This species is native to south-eastern Europe and Asia Minor.

They are fast growing deciduous trees with a pyramidal crown that reach 25 meters in height. The attractive lobed leaves have serrated margins and are deep green in color. They bloom in spring but the flowers are of no ornamental interest. The fruits are acorns.

They are used in small and medium gardens as isolated specimens to provide shade.

Quercus cerris prefers a shady or semi-shaded exposure in hot climates (Mediterranean climate); in colder climates they grow well in full sun. They resist frost down to -12 ºC.

They grow in any type of soil but prefer it to be well drained and deep.

Water moderately throughout the year waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize with compost in early spring.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter.

They do not usually present serious pest and disease problems.

They are propagated from seeds sown in fall or late summer.

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Quercus cerris
Quercus cerris
Quercus cerris
 

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