Oak, Lucombe

The Lucombe Oak, is a large spreading semi-evergreen tree, that can grow to a height of over 20m, and may live for 240 years.

The bark is thick and corky and is fire resistant. Branches on older trees can be quite chunky. The buds are brownish, ovate shaped and clustered at the end of the twig. The terminal bud usually has whiskers which are present all year round.

This tree was planted over 100 years ago.

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Common Name:
Lucombe Oak

Scentific Name:
Quercus hispanica lucombeana

Tree No:
30

Location:
k16

Like Turkey Oak, the Lucombe Oak has leaves with pointed lobes. New leaves appear in May and are pale green. They darken within a few weeks. There is some leaf fall in winter, but unless the weather is severe, they last until spring.

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Like all oak trees flowering is monoecious. The male flowers are in catkins and appear at the some time as the new leaves. Female flowers appear at the same time and are bright red and up to 1.0 cm. They are bigger than those of other oaks.

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The fruit is an acorn, take up to two years to fully mature and have hairy cups – a trait from the Turkey Oak.

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The Lucombe Oak was bred in 1762 by chance in the Exeter nursery of Lucombe and Pince.

Its parents were the vigorous Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris) and the evergreen Cork Oak (Quercus suber).

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The tree is nearly evergreen and shares the advantages of both its parents except that it does not produce cork.

When Mr Lucombe was reaching what he thought were the end of his days, he wanted to have the tree he had planted, aged 20, sawn up for his coffin. However, the original boards had long since rotted by the time the old man actually died at the age of 102 – but he had had another tree planked up, so achieved his wish.

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