Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Quercus rubra 'Aurea'
Turkish hazel

Tag 489
54 deg 34.993N
5 deg 55.989W

The Golden red oak is a very rare variant of the Eastern North American red oak. Belfast Botanic Gardens has a fine young specimen at the end of the main lawn closest to the Palm House. In the spring it is a dazzling gold when it catches the early morning sun. Later in the summer the gold fades to a yellowish green. This young tree is starting to produce acorns in the rather flattened cups characteristic of red oak. Red oak acorns take two years to mature, remaining minute in the first year.

The golden red oak is one of a number of fine oak specimens in the tree collection of Belfast Botanic Gardens

Quercus rubra Aurea in spring

Quercus rubra Aurea in summer

Golden red oak in Belfast Botanic Gardens, spring Golden red oak in Belfast Botanic Gardens, summer

Quercus rubra Aurea leaf

Quecus rubra Aurea acorn

Golden red oak, spring foliage Golden red oak, acorn, late summer

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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