Forms a large tree with a dense, wide-spreading crown. Small, leathery leaves are dark-green with grey undersides. Coastal and drought-hardy. With its dense form and smaller leaves, can be clipped into a tough hedge or screen. Excellent for training into topiary forms. Quercus ilex (Evergreen Oak, Holm Oak) grows to 10m (H) x 6m (W) in 10 years.