Common Name: bamboo-leaved oak, myrtle-leaved oak
Origin/Ecology: Native to southern China and Japan
Habit: Broad-leaved evergreen tree. Small, rounded, occasionally multi-stemmed.
Leaves: Lanceolate, red-brown in spring. Leathery, hairless, narrow, up to 12 cm long, dark green above and slightly glaucous beneath.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers are pistillate flowers on young shoots, with 2 to 6 being borne on a slender peduncle. Acorns have fused involucral bract scales around the cup; up to 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide.
Bark: Dark pinkish grey, smooth, occasionally with thin orange furrows.
Water Use, Soil: Good drainage. Drought tolerant once established.
Exposure: Needs a warm site with good air circulation.
Landscape Uses: Small evergreen tree.
Limitations: Not particularly beneficial for wildlife.