Turkey oak

The Turkey oak at Euston.

Trees of London

Turkey Oak

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              Central London is poor when it comes to showing off the oak tree, especially the two native varieties, the sessile oak and the common oak. The examples that can be found tend all to be fairly young, like the red oaks that we have just seen. This is because the oak tends to need space to flourish and is affected by city grime and pollution. The next tree, however, is a full grown example of a good substitute. It is called the Turkey oak, and I will let you guess from where it originates.

              The bark of the Turkey oak is similar to the common oak. The leaves are similarly lobed, but are longer and thinner. The acorns are roughly like the classic acorn, but are a lot smaller and if you think of an acorn as like an egg cup with an egg in it; only a small amount of the egg appears out of the cup, compared with the normal acorn where more than half of it is visible.

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Other Trees at Euston

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Tree Identification

Quercus cerris:

alternate; long with lobes.

turkey oak leaf
Turkey oak acorn

nuts/fruit: acorns.

turkey oak catkins

Flowers: April/May; male catkins which dangle down below leaves

Turkey oak bark bark:
smooth, vertical ridges.
grows to 35 metres; tall.
general: originates from Turkey, but common in Britain.

It is on the east half of Euston Square,
divided by the bus entrance. If you look
for the tree which is on the pavement and
the other side of the railing, there
are two trees between it and the Turkey oak,
going west  towards the entrance for buses.
Marked blue on map.

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