Turkey Oak

The Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris) or Austrian oak, is an oak native to south-eastern Europe and parts of Asia.

The Turkey Oak in Government House Gardens was planted between 1829 and 1894. The tree derives its name from the leaves which are said to resemble a turkey’s foot.

It’s leaves are usually narrower than other oak species and are also glossy or smooth in nature.

The Turkey Oak is considered to be a hardy, long-living, deciduous broadleaf tree that provides some warm Autumn colour with yellow, copper or rust coloured leaves.

The species was introduced into the UK in  the 1700s, where it is now considered something of a pest, given it is the host tree to a damaging wasp species that has greatly impacted native oaks.

Turkey Oak - Planted 1829-1894
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