Quercus myrsinifolia
Common name: 
Chinese Evergreen Oak
Bamboo-leaf Oak
Pronunciation: 
kwer-KUS mer-sin-i-FO-li-a
Family: 
Fagaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Cyclobalanopsis myrsinifolia
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub or tree, to 20-30(50) ft [6-9(15) m] tall, spread similar, rounded crown.   Leaves alternate, simple, lanceolate to elliptical, 5-10(15) cm long and 2-4 cm wide, apex long-acuminate, base rounded, margin with short erect teeth, 10-12 pairs of veins ("nerves"), leathery, shiny green above (new leaves purple-bronze); petiole 1-2 cm long.  Acorns 2-4 together, narrowly ovoid, about 20 × 8 mm, cap has 3-6 concentric rings, ripen in first year.
  • Sun,  prefers lime-free soils; rather slow-growing.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7      Native to southern China, Japan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • myrsinifolia:  Myrsine-leaved; from a Greek name for myrtle.  The family Mysinaceae includes the genus Myrsine which has some 200 species which are mostly found in tropical and subtropical regions.
  • Cyclobalanopsis:  these are the "ring-cupped" oaks of eastern and southeastern Asia.   They have acorns with distinctive cups bearing concentric rings of scales.  Most taxonomists consider Cyclobalanopsis as a subgenus of Quercus, but in the Flora of China, Cyclobalanopsis is treated as a distinct genus.
  • Portland, Oregon: Hoyt Arboretum.
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