Quercus myrcinifolia • Bamboo-leaf Oak

Quercus Oak コナラ / カシ 子楢 / 樫 konara / kashi

This beautiful oak resides in area R, at the edge of the forest (which contains 2 more bamboo-leaf oaks and 3 other evergreen oaks in adjoining Area S), and is best visible from W path and from the orchard; because of its tall size it’s easy to observe from many areas of the Garden. Its lowest branches are also the most tempting for children to disobey the ‘stay on the path’ rule.


SJG • 6/2/14 – Quercus myrcinifolia • Bamboo-leaf Oak, Area R


SJG • 6/2/14 – Quercus myrcinifolia • Bamboo-leaf Oak, Area R -copper-colored new growth LEAVES

From Arthur Lee Jacobson (Seattle local tree writer) 1990 article Some Favorite Trees in the Washington Park Arboretum’s Japanese Garden: […] Among the most conspicuous is a beautiful Bamboo-leaf Oak (Quercus myrsinæfolia), of which Brian Mulligan wrote in the Summer 1983 Arboretum Bulletin. The tea garden example is superbly healthy and handsome year-round, and is 30 years old, though has lived in the northwest corner of the garden only since 1966. With its nodding, slender evergreen foliage, the Bamboo-leaf Oak is too rare for its merits. Near it are other interesing evergreen oaks: Q. gilva and Q. nubium. […]

Two notes on the above fragment:
1.) The author seems to use the names Japanese Garden and ‘tea garden’ interchangeably – his location of NW corner of the garden for the bamboo tree is correct and we have no oaks in roji (Tea House Garden);
2.) Would the last sentence quoted mean that the two oaks we have recorded as Quercus sp be Q. gilva?

From Wikipedia: Quercus myrsinifolia is an evergreen oak tree to 20 metres (66 ft) tall in the ring-cupped oaks subgenus. It has several common names, including shira kashi oak, bamboo-leaf oak, Chinese evergreen oak, and Chinese ring-cupped oak. Its Chinese name is 小叶青冈; pinyin:xiǎo yè qīng gāng, which means little leaf ring-cupped oak (literally translated as little leaf green ridge tree). It is native to east central and southeast China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Northern Thailand, and Vietnam. […]

From Zahradnictivi Garden Centre (in Prague):  […] Bamboo-leaf oak, or sometimes also called Chinese evergreen oak is a rare evergreen tree that is not widely used in cultivation in Europe which is a great pity. It has evergreen, bamboo-like, lance-shaped, narrow leaves that emerge bronze-purple and mature to a dark green. Compared to cherry laurels or Portugal laurels that can also be grown on stems while keeping their shrubby looks, bamboo-leaf oak forms a nice tree-shape canopy without any extra effort because it is naturally a small tree with compact, rounded crown.

This tree is currently grown in warmer parts of the USA, southern Asia, and milder parts of Europe where it is considered a rare plant. Landscape designers use it when they want to bring an extraordinary evergreen feature. It looks great in a mixed border with compact Japanese azaleas or low growing conifers. Grown as a specimen plant it looks terrific in front of modern houses where mostly glass and concrete is used. […]


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