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Quercus gussonei

Quercus gussonei

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Product Description

Quercus gussonei, known as Gussone's oak, is a rare and lesser-known species of oak tree native to the Mediterranean region, particularly found in southern Italy and Sicily. This oak species is characterized by its small to medium-sized stature and distinctive lobed leaves, making it a unique addition to arboretums or botanical gardens. 


  • Size: Quercus gussonei typically grows to a height of 10-15 meters (30-50 feet), though it can occasionally reach up to 20 meters (65 feet).
  • Leaves: The leaves are alternate, simple, and deeply lobed, with a glossy dark green color on the upper surface and a lighter green beneath.
  • Bark: The bark is usually greyish-brown and becomes fissured and rough with age.
  • Flowers and Fruits: Quercus gussonei produces inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by small acorns that mature in the fall.

Habitat and Range:

  • Quercus gussonei is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, particularly southern Italy and Sicily.
  • It thrives in warm, sunny climates and is often found in rocky, limestone-rich soils.


1. Location:
  • Plant Quercus gussonei in a sunny or partially shaded location with well-drained soil.
  • Ensure there is adequate space for the tree to grow to its full size without obstruction.
2. Soil:
  • This species prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil but can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or rocky soils.
  • Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging, especially during the tree's establishment phase.
3. Watering:
  • Provide regular watering, especially during dry spells or hot weather, to help the tree establish a strong root system.
  • Once established, Quercus gussonei is relatively drought-tolerant and may only require supplemental watering during prolonged dry periods.
4. Pruning:
  • Prune Quercus gussonei sparingly, mainly to remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches.
  • Pruning is best done during the dormant season in late winter or early spring to minimize stress on the tree.
5. Fertilization:
  • Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive vegetative growth at the expense of overall tree health.
6. Pest and Disease Management:
  • Quercus gussonei is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, particularly when grown in suitable conditions.
  • However, monitor the tree regularly for signs of insect infestations or fungal diseases, and take appropriate action if necessary.
7. Mulching:
  • Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree to conserve soil moisture, suppress weed growth, and improve soil structure.
  • Keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk to prevent potential rot and pest issues.

Quercus gussonei, or Gussone's oak, is a unique and attractive oak species native to the Mediterranean region. With its distinctive foliage and moderate size, it can make a valuable addition to gardens, parks, or botanical collections, provided it receives the appropriate care and growing conditions outlined above.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated product description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.


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