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Lucombe Oak Quercus x hispanica ‘Lucombeana’ (Fagaceae) HEIGHT to 35m. Tall evergreen hybrid between Cork Oak and Turkey Oaks BARK Variable, some specimens similar in character to Cork Oak, and others having a smoother, darker bark. LEAVES Long, glossy and toothed, remaining on the tree throughout all but the hardest winters. Some of the earliest trees, dating from the original hybridisation, lose a large proportion of their leaves; later crosses have a more dense crown. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male catkins are produced in early summer, and acorns appear in autumn in small scaly cups. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Hybrid originated in Exeter, Devon, in the 18th century, and was named after Lucombe’s nursery. It is still most common in parks and gardens around Exeter, especially near the sea.
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