A slow-growing, broad-crowned, drought-resistant medium sized deciduous tree to 10 m or so tall. Bark in narrow scaly furrows. Leaves mostly 10-15 cm long, mostly widest above the middle with 3-5 large lobes often further divided, the lobes arranged in the rough shape of a crucifix, tapering at the base, rounded at the tip, leathery, hairy below at first but hair diminishing. Leaf stalks hairy, thick 1.5-2.5 cm long. Acorns 1.5-2.5 cm long, often in 2s or 4s, stalks short or absent; cup covering about one third of the acorn and with thin outer scales tapering to a point.
SE North America
Grows naturally on lower mountain slopes and in dry woodlands on a variety of soils.
Leaves more or less cross-shaped, hairy below with 3-5 main lobes.
VIC: Belgrave (Old Coles Nursery site, Belgrave above Puffing Billy); Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), small tree, northern walk).
Source: (1997). Fagaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.