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Turkey Oak
Turkey Oak

Turkey Oak

Quercus cerris
Turkey Oak

The Turkey oak is seldom used outside large urban parks. It is one of the last trees in Central Park to drop its leaves in the fall, usually in mid-December. This tree’s natural range is eastern Europe to western China. It is not related to the native Turkey oak. We have found this tree to be somewhat invasive and would use it within area adjacent to natural areas. Most of the Turkey oaks on the south side of the Reservoir have seeded in on their own.

Up to 60 feet, round symmetrical canopy.

• Finest specimen - 102nd Street on first path north of the Drive
• 90th to 93rd Streets on west side between the Drive and bridle path
• South side of the Reservoir
• 102nd Street entrance, on both the north and south sides of the Drive
• West of Balto, east side at 67th Street
• Wagner Cove, off Cherry Hill at west 72nd Street
• Shakespeare Garden, off the Drive at West 79th Street

Turkey Oak BarkTurkey Oak Bark
Dark gray, very rough and deeply fissured.
Turkey Oak FlowerTurkey Oak Flower
Male and female grow on same tree. Pollinated by the wind. Brown, nondescript.
Turkey Oak FruitTurkey Oak Fruit
Turkey Oak Fruit
Turkey Oak LeafTurkey Oak Leaf
Two forms: one with deep lobes, the other with shallow lobes. Shiny dark green, 2-1/2 to 5 inches long.
Piero Amorati (fruit) and Chris Evans (flower), Forestry Images
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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