Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants: guide.

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Quercus pubescens

Chène pubescent
Downy Oak


Additional information

Plant family


Provence Verte

Flower colour


Flower size


Flowering months



Leaf type

Pinnately lobed


20 m


This tree can live up to 500 years. Although deciduous, the brown leaves stay on the tree all winter, only falling off when the new leaves appear. In the Var they are called ‘truffle oaks’, since truffles are often found near the trunks of these trees.

The wood is hard and used to make furniture.


Male flowers, catkins, are long and yellow.
Female flowers, tiny, grouped together in 1-6’s.


Pinnately lobed leaf with lobes both sides of a central midrib. Grey-green, oblong, deep blunt lobes, hairy beneath, 5-12 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: Acorn, a hard shelled pod that contains the fruit and seed of the plant; it does not open to release seeds.


Galls: abnormal growths on the tree caused by insects have astringent properties to treat haemorrhages, chronic diarrhoea and dysentery.

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