Holm oak

Quercus ilex

Evergreen, native to the Mediterranean region.

Holm oaks are big long-lived trees in New Zealand, growing to 28m with a spreading canopy.

They can also be formed into hedges, suitable for coastal windbreaks.

The wood is hard and tough, and has been used for pillars, tools, wine casks and wagon-building.

Acorns are edible, and an important food source for pigs raised for Ibérico ham. Holm oak roots are also hosts to truffles.

Holm oaks cannot tolerant severe frost, but are now spreading into colder places due to climate change.

Find the Holm Oak

Corner of Karangahape and Symonds Street