I recently received a request to use one of my pictures of one of my trees as part of a tree planting campaign - pretty sweet to think that trees I planted as 6inch specimens are now big and magnificient enough to be poster boys for tree planting; my legacy if you will (I turned 30 last week so please forgive the thoughts of legacies and midlife crises that are sure to follow for the next little while). Anyway this isn't the tree in question but it shows another of my favourites which I'd love to see planted more often; especially in the suburbs where trees which are suitably small but gorgeous are depressingly rare. This is the Daimyo oak, Quercus dentata.
As you can see it makes a relatively small, dense, mopheaded little oak tree. What makes it particularly special are these leaves.
Thick and leathery, they dry stiff when dead and stay on the tree for much of winter coloured a rich golden brown. The really significant thing about these bad boys though is their size.