Talk:Quercus coccifera

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Growth height?[edit]

  • The areticle says "Quercus coccifera is usually a shrub less 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall, rarely a small tree". But I have a book about Crete, where prickly oak is common, and it seems to say that its natural height is a fullsized tree, and that why it is usually seen as low ground cover or scrub is because of heavy grazing pressure by sheep and goats. As grazing pressure is relaxed, it grows up into hummocks, then shapes like topiary, then cylindrical shapes; then if it gets a top twig above sheep and goat reach, it grows up away high. Same if a prickly oak seed lodges and grows away on a cliff where grazing animals cannot reach it. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 06:22, 23 November 2016 (UTC)