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Forest Green Italian Oak

Quercus frainetto 'Schmidt'

Description: 
Also known as the Hungarian oak, it is a majestic shade tree with an upright habit that is vigorous in youth and drought resistant when established. One of its most alluring features are the glossy dark green leaves with rounded lobes that turn yellow-russet in fall. The acorns are a great food source for wildlife.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 8 feet

Mature Height: 50 feet

Mature Spread: 30 feet

Tree Shape: Upright in youth. Oval to rounded at maturity

Where to Plant: 
A great specimen shade tree for your yard or in a wide planting strip with no overhead wires. 

Leaves:
Glossy green with long rounded lobes like fingers. Yellow-russet fall color.

Fruit:
An acorn with a scaly cap. Enjoyed by wildlife.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Prefers moist but well drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.

Potential Problems:
No serious or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15b feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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