Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Quercus rysophylla
Mexican oak or loquat oak

Tag 251
54 deg 34.949N
5 deg 56.068W

This is an evergreen oak from Mexico, first described in 1910. It is rare in cultivation and was only introduced to horticulture by Sir Harold Hillier from the Horsetail Falls above Monterrey in Mexico in 1979. Its most distinctive feature is the bright reddish young leaves in spring. The mature leaves are a bright glossy green. It seems to be quite fast growing, but its final height in Ireland is not yet known.

The Belfast Botanic Gardens specimen is planted close to the Ulster Museum as shown below. Other specimens are in the Hillier Gardens and Kew Gardens.

Quercus rysophylla Belfast Botanic Gardens

Quercus rysophylla leaves

Quercus rysophylla in Belfast Botanic Gardens - mid summer Quercus rysophylla summer foliage

Quercus rysophylla spring leaves

Quercus rysophylla new growth

Quercus rysophylla, red leaves produced in spring Quercus rysophylla spring growth

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2011. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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