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Quercus virgiliana
Oak of Virgil

Oak of Virgil (Quercus virgiliana) is a medium-sized deciduous tree closely associated with the downy oak (Quercus pubescens) and often found crossbreeding with other oak species. In some taxonomical classifications, the tree is even considered a distinct species due to its frequent hybridization. It is native to south-eastern Europe and northern Turkey, where it grows in arid forests.

The acorns of the tree are sweet and used as fodder for pigs. In times of famine, they have also been eaten by humans.

Oak of Virgil prefers rich, moist and well-drained loamy soils and grows on elevations from sea level up to 1200 m. The tree prefers full sun, though it is also able to tolerate limited shade. The Oak of Virgil grows very slowly but is able to live up to 1000 years.

In the context of the climate change, Oak of Virgil is likely to become an important species due to its excellent adaptive skills.

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