Forest cultivation: Roverella

Forest cultivation: Roverella

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Classification, origin and diffusion

Division: Spermatophyta
Subdivision: Angiospermae
Class: Dicotyledones
Family: Fagaceae

Native to southern Europe and Asia Minor. It is the most common oak in Italy, present in all regions.

Roverella fruit (photo

Roverella leaf (photo Andrea Moro

Roverella (photo Andrea Moro

Roverella trunk (photo

General characteristics

Size and bearing
It does not exceed 20 meters in height. A lot of sucker.
Trunk and bark
It has a twisted, short stem with sinuous branches and thin branches. Gray-brownish bark, very wrinkled and cracked.
Deciduous, simple leaves, elongated ovoid lamina, lobed with rounded lobes.
Reproductive structures
Monoecious plant with unisexual flowers; the fruit is an acorn with an ovoid pericarp, shiny brown when ripe.


Roverella wood is similar to that of Farnia, although more irregular and more difficult to process. It is used for railway sleepers and as a fuel.

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