|Quercus ilex 'Despina' Jablonski Journ. Int. Oak Soc., 21: 40 (2010)|
Subgenus Quercus, section Quercus (the white oaks)
Named by the originator, André Charlier, after the character "Despina" from Mozart's opera "Cosi fan tutte" (in Greek mythology, the nymph Despina is the daughter of Poseidon).
An evergreen tree selected for its slow and narrow growth. Young shoots densely grey-hairy, as are the underside of the leaves. Leaves lanceolate, up to 8 × 3 cm, dark green above and sparsely hairy. Petiole 0.7 - 1 cm. A few spines in the upper half of the leaf blade, margin more or less undulate. Leaf apex apiculate. Originated around 1990, raised from seed of Quercus ilex 'Fordii' growing at Arboretum Rond Chêne, Esneux. The 18 year old plant has reached only 3 × 1 m.
Harold Hillier Herbarium HILL, Standard Specimen No. 6808, E. J. Jablonski 08082002, 20 August 2008, collected together with Piers Trehane and André Charlier from the original plant (ortet) at Arboretum Rond Chêne, Esneux, Belgium.