Description: The leaves are dark green and deeply lobed. They are felted on the underside and shiny on the top and are rough and thick to touch. It is deciduous, meaning its leaves fall in winter. The most identifiable characteristic of Turkey Oak is its acorns. They look like a familiar oak acorn, but they sit in a cups covered in bristles. These stay on the tree about 18 months after pollination, before falling to the ground.
Fact: This species has not been a very welcome import for english oaks as it is home to a gall wasp whose larvae destroy their acorns.