Quercus polymorpha Schltdl. and Cham.

Semi-evergreen tree with grey to brown bark, rounded leaves, serrate towards the tips, acorns usually 1 or 2, pedunculated.  To 20m.

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Veracruz, Nuevo Leon, and San Luis PotosI; type locality, near Jalapa. Veracruz. Said to be the chief component of the forest on the Uaxac Canal, Guatemala.

Medium-sized deciduous tree with rather slender glabrous twigs and somewhat hairy buds 4 mm. in diameter and 6 mm. long; leaves rather large (3 to 6 cm. wide. 7 to 13 cm. long), lightly glaucous and sometimes rusty-woolly beneath, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic, obtuse, often subcordate, slender-petioled, entire or crenately few-toothed at end ; acorn oblong, about 10 mm. in diameter and 20 mm. long, half included, the rounded cup with acute appressed scales.’  [Contributions from the United States National Herbarium vol.23, Standley – Trees and Shrubs of Mexico,  p.181/1920-26].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.807/1850].  Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  Regarded by Macarthur as new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].


Quercus petiolaris Boiss. and Reut. (1853) = Quercus lusitanica Lam.  This is not Macarthur’s plant.

Published Feb 03, 2010 - 04:14 PM | Last updated Feb 03, 2010 - 04:18 PM

More details about Quercus polymorpha Schltdl. and Cham.
Family Fagaceae
Region of origin


  • Quercus petiolaris Benth.
  • Quercus varians Mart. & Gal.
Common Name

Mexican white oak, Net-leaf white oak, Monteray oak

Name in the Camden Park Record

Quercus petiolaris 

Confidence level high