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Bay Tree

Observed: 5th December 2010 By: Annie Ellen
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Mature evergreen spreading tree, about 30 feet tall, with many low-starting bifurcating branches. Not known to display any flowers visible from 30 metres.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Quercus ilex interacts


Jonathan's picture

That is a big bay!

That is a big bay!

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Annie Ellen's picture

I am putting my faith in the

I am putting my faith in the RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, which says it can grow to 30 Feet tall.

Syrphus's picture

Irrespective of height (I had

Irrespective of height (I had not realised either that Bay could get that big, but it can, apparently), this is not L. nobilis. That species has short, hairless reddish petioles, while your tree has very obvious long downy and whitish petioles. The venation is also wrong. I can't suggest what it might be - obviously an exotic.



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jan_rix's picture

also known as Holm oak

the little acorn cups and square-fissured bark are distinctive of Quercus ilex

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