QUERCUS ilex 25 Seed

Holm Oak or Holly Oak

SKU: ES 320
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Fagaceae
Characteristics: Large tree to 25 m spread 25m

Seed per packet: 25
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$9.99 AUD Excl. GST

A large evergreen tree of 21–28 m in height in good conditions with a large trunk up to 6 m in girth and the crown forming a huge head of densely leafy branches with the terminal ends of the branches typically pendulous in older trees.
Attractive acorn fruits are produced one to three in a cluster usually 12–18 mm long.  

The hardwood is strong and tough and has been used since ancient times for construction purposes as pillars, tools, wagons vessels and wine casks.
The holm oak is one of the top three trees used in the establishment of truffle orchards.

Can be clipped to form a tall hedge, suitable for coastal windbreaks. Prefers well-drained soil. 

The holly or holm oak is native to the Mediterranean region.

Grow notes:

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

  1. Best sown in the cooler months and allow to germination naturally in spring.
  2. Soak seed in water 24-48 hours
  3. Sow seed 1 cm deep.
  4. Ensure the mix is kept moist but not too wet.
  5. Germination generally occurs in 21-28 days or when the warmer temperatures arrive.

General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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