The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Other foreign oak trees

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We might here enumerate a great number of other fine foreign oaks; among which the most interesting are the Holly or Holm oak (Quercus Ilex); and the Cork oak (Q. Suber), of the south of France, which produces the cork of commerce (both rather too tender for the north); the Kermes oak (Q. coccifera), from which a scarlet dye is obtained; and the Italian Esculent oak (Q. Esculus), with sweet nutritious acorns. Those, however, who wish to investigate them, will pursue this subject further in European works; while that splendid treatise on our forest trees, the North American Sylva of Michaux, will be found to give full and accurate descriptions of all our numerous indigenous varieties, of which many are peculiar to the southern states.