A handsome, large, fast-growing tree. Grey, deeply-fissured bark. Glossy-green leaves turn yellow and brown through autumn. Can be semi-evergreen in warm climates. Large crops of acorns. Grows equally well on light and heavy soils. Tolerant of dry, coastal sites. Semi-evergreen tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 10m (H) x 6m (W) in 10 years.