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 x hispanica 'Fulhamensis'
(previously Q. x hispanica 'Dentata'
Fulham oak

Tag 005
54 deg 34.990N
5 deg 56.112W

This is one of the largest evergreen oaks in Belfast Botanic Gardens, with an attractive spreading shape. It is located close to the main path leading into the gardens from the Malone/Stranmillis gate. The "x hispanica" oaks are hybrids between the cork oak (Quercus suber) and the Turkey oak (Quercus cerris); they occur naturally in Spain where the distributions of the two parent species overlap. There are a number of x hispanica varieties in the horticultural trade including the Lucombe oak (Q. x hispanica 'Lucombeana' ) and this one. It is semi-evergreen, losing some of its leaves in winter. The leaves are a dark very glossy green and the small acorns rather like those of its Turkey oak parent.

Quercus x hispanica in Belfast Botanic gardens

glossy leaves of Quercus x hispanica

Fulham oak in Belfast Botanic Gardens Glossy, semi-evergreen, leaves of Fulham oak
variable leaf shape in Quercus x hispanica male flowers of Quercus x hispanica
Variable leaf shape of Fulham oak Male flowers of Fulham oak

acorn of Quercus x hispanica

bark of Quercus x hispanica

Acorn of Fulham oak Bark of Fulham oak

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

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