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Turkey Oak

Quercus cerris

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Fagaceae (Beech)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Hanging yellowish-green male catkins, up to 8cm. Red and green short female flower spikes eventually form acorns. 4 styles.
Fruit:
The unstalked acorns sit inside characteristic furry cups making this tree readily identifiable while in fruit.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. The dark green leaves are stalked and unevenly lobed. The lobes are deeper and more pointed than the ones of English and Sessile Oak. Also, the tips of the leaf lobes are bristle-tipped.
Maximum Size:
40 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The acorns can be eaten but they must be leached first as they contain tannin's which are toxic.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Austrian Oak, European Turkey Oak, Moss-cupped Oak, Mossy Cup Oak, Mossy Oak, Wainscot Oak.
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, heathland, hedgerows, parkland, roadsides, woodland.