Quercus ilex

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Quercus Ilex, Linn. Holly or Holm Oak. Evergreen tree, to 60 ft., with large, round-topped head: bark not corky: lvs. very variable, ovate to lanceolate, remotely serrate or almost entire and with revolute margin, dark green above, yellowish or whitish tomentose or sometimes glabrescent beneath, 1-3 in. long: fr. 1-3, usually peduncled; acorn ovate, embraced about one-half by the cup; scales thin, appressed, rarely slightly spreading. S. Eu. M. D.G. 1898:275. H.W. 2:25, pp. 77-79. G.M.54: 895. Gn. 65, p. 320. Var. Ballota, DC. (Q. Ballota, Desf.). Lvs. smaller, orbicular or broadly ovate; the sweet acorn is often gathered for food. Var. Fordii, Nichols. (Q. Fordii, Carr.). Of pyramidal habit with narrower and smaller lvs. R.H. 1861, pp. 114, 115; 1885, pp. 352, 353. Not to be confounded with Q. Fordiana, Hemsl., a Chinese species with chestnut-like lvs.

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