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Plant of the Day - Quercus serrata 'Variegata' (variegated Konara oak)

The creamy yellow speckled variegation is quite attractive. Oaks are found around the northern hemisphere being widely spread throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  Many of these oaks grow remarkably well at the JC Raulston Arboretum in central North Carolina.  One species that we have been growing for some time in various forms is the Konara oak, Quercus serrata.  This species grows in Japan, Korea, and southern China where it makes a medium-large deciduous tree with deep green, leathery leaves which.  New leaves emerge covered in silvery hairs which drop off as the leaf fully expands.  Fall color is usually a lovely gold.  This selection with the most likely invalid cultivar name 'Variegata' makes a handsome tree with a splashing of chartreuse-yellow over the leaves.  It has grown very well for us, putting on about 10' of growth in the past 5 years and we expect it to grow to about 25'-30' in 20 years.

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