QUERCUS (OAK) as a Hedgeplant
(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen)
Quercus ilex (holm oak or evergreen oak) (E), up to 15 ft., quite unlike all other species of oak, with glossy, dark, oval leaves. Plant small pot-grown plants not more than 1-1/2 ft. tall in late September, October or April, 2 ft. apart; mulch and protect them until they settle down. The evergreen oak grows quickly, can be clipped in April into a hedge of wall-like proportions, and lasts well. It is very hardy, does well on gravel and sand, and is suited to coastal and windswept districts.
Q. pedunculata (syn. Q. robur) (D). The common oak is usually used only in a mixed hedge, with hawthorn, hazel and beech. It then keeps its dead brown leaves throughout the winter, although it is deciduous when grown as a tree. Up to 15 ft. Plant from October to March.