Plant Common Name
Bambooleaf Oak, Chinese Evergreen Oak, Jade Oak
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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!
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 6
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
40'-50' / 12.2m - 15.2m
35'-55' / 10.7m - 16.8m
Southeastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter