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Quercus phillyraeoides

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:58 pm

I wonder if someone can help me confirm the id of this shohin Live Oak. I think it is a Holm Oak, or Ubamegashi Oak, Quercus phillyraeoides, native to Japan.
It started as an acorn lying under a neatly trimmed Live Oak hedge at the entrance to the Kinkakuji Temple, i.e. the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto, Japan in 2000.
Nine years later I planted it in this unglazed pot by American potter, Sara Rayner. It has nicely shaped oval leaves. Rarely does it lose all its leaves at one time.
So far it hasn't made fruit but is shaping up to be an interesting and moderately unique bonsai in America.




Here's a close up of its leaves.


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Holm Oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)

Post  jamesransom on Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:51 pm

Hi Rob
I think you are correct with Quercus phillyraeoides but its not Holm Oak thats Quercus ilex, any how a good looking potensai (as Dan Barton calls it)

James

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:00 pm

jamesransom wrote:Hi Rob
I think you are correct with Quercus phillyraeoides but its not Holm Oak thats Quercus ilex, any how a good looking potensai (as Dan Barton calls it)

James
James, thanks for the tip. I Googled Holm Oak (which I should of done at first) and found that Quercus Ilex is a Mediterranean tree. My Japanese reference material was incorrect. I have seen some photos of full size Ubamegashi bonsai - very nice.

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Quercus phillyraeoides

Post  jamesransom on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:34 pm

Hi Rob
I think your Quercus phillyraeoides will form a good tree i have not done this type only working on Q. ilex at the moment. Belive the trunk matures well on Q. phillyraeoidesres, have to keep us posted.

Good Luck

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