A rounded evergreen tree with lance-shaped, dark-green leaves and smooth dark grey bark. In June the new silver-white leaves appear along with golden-yellow male catkins, followed in autumn by rounded acorns, either singularly or in bunches. An attractive tree which tolerates salt spray and strong winds and is often seen planted as a windbreak or along avenues in coastal towns.
- Full sun or partial shade
- Deep, fertile, well-drained soil
- Fully hardy
- Fast-growing evergreen hedge