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CYCLOBALANOPSIS myrsinifolia

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Sharptop Trees

Family

Fagaceae

Botanical Name

CYCLOBALANOPSIS myrsinifolia

Plant Common Name

Bambooleaf Oak, Chinese Evergreen Oak, Jade Oak

Special Notice

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General Description

Handsome and relatively unknown for use as an urban street and shade tree, bambooleaf oak has leaves that look more like those of a tropical fig (Ficus) rather than a very close relative of true oaks (Quercus). This is a broadleaf evergreen tree native to the highland valleys of China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. Its smooth tan bark covers the trunk that supports the rounded to eventually spreading canopy of foliage.

The newly emerging leaves are a light coppery red and become medium green and shaped like slender, tapered lances. Leaf margins can have a few subtle teeth in matching pairs, but are quite discrete. The flowers are non-showy, being either male or female in gender on different parts of the branch twigs. The clustered fruits are acorns, becoming a rich chestnut brown, rounded with a plump tip. Each acorn's cap is also interesting, as it is cup-like with layered, shingled rings.

Grow bambooleaf oak in full to partial sun in an acidy, moist but well-draining soil for best growth. Also drought tolerant, this species is the most cold hardy of the Cyclobalanopsis. Acron production tends to be retarded in regions lacking long, warm summers. Lowest branches are retained and if used as a street tree, these branches should be pruned off while the young tree is developing. Use it as a park specimen, avenue tree or shade tree for a spacious lawn or public setting. It is a terrific tree and only just hinting of its grand potential for use in North American landscapes!

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    40'-50' / 12.2m - 15.2m

  • Width

    35'-55' / 10.7m - 16.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Pink, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No