West Highland Flora

Durmast Oak


Quercus petraea

 

Quercus petraea

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Oct 2003 Portree, Skye
Centre-left yellow leaf has blade 10 cm, stalk 2 cm
 

Frequent in woods and scrub.  More upland than Common Oak, preferring more acid soils.

Tree to 30 m tall.  Leaves 5-12 cm

ID: Oaks easily told by characteristic lobed leaf shape.  Durmast told from Common Oak by: leaves without backward-pointing lobes at the base, leaves on stalks 1 cm or more long, fruit (acorns) on stalk 1 cm or less long (or unstalked).  Hybrids with intermediate characters are very common.

Other features: Acorns broadest below the middle.  In Common Oak, they are broadest above the middle.  Durmast Oak is a less spreading tree than Common Oak.


 

Quercus petraea

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Nov 2003 Portree, Skye

 

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