White oak (pubescent)

  • White oak (pubescent)


The king of the garrigue

The white pubescent oak, or Quercus pubescens in Latin, is a majestic and resilient tree that never fails to captivate. Originating from Mediterranean regions, this tree is very widespread throughout Europe, where it populates hills, rocky slopes and oak forests.

Also referred to as white oak or Provencal white oak, it possess a marcescent foliage, meaning that the dead leaves remain on the branches during the tree’s rest period.

In addition, like the holm oak, it is resistant to forest fires. That is why it is often used to replant the hills of the Var area, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur.

Its leaves, greeny-greyish on the topside and lighter underneath, are covered with delicate little hairs that inspired the name “pubescent”. Soft to the touch and with a unique texture, they add a gentle note to the beauty of this impressive tree.

A friend of the animals

Many small animals live side by side with campers here at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ®! And as our commitment to preserving the environment also means protecting local fauna, we often favour trees that provide food and shelter for our animals.

The white oak is definitely the perfect partner to our eco-pledge! It plays a vital role in the ecosystems in which it thrives and provides an essential habitat for many species of fauna and flora. Its acorns are also a wonderful food source for a variety of animals. In addition, this extraordinary tree helps regulate the soil and water, hence playing a crucial part in preserving the environment as a whole.


Latin name :Quercus pubescens
Family :fagaceae
Genus :Quercus
Species :pubescens
Color :Green and pale green leaves, whiteish underneath.
Origin :Europe
Foliage :Deciduous
Port :Tree
Height :8 to 15 m
Flowering :April - May
White oak (pubescent)

Did you know?

Romans used the branches of the white oak to make crowns for military conquerors and Olympic athletes alike (along with laurel).