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Leaves on new growth have a downy grey covering from which it gets its name. The dead, russet-brown leaves of the fall often hang on through much of the winter, even until the new leaves form in spring. In the springtime, in a typical forest of dark green cork oak and kermes oak, an occasional pubescent oak stands out as a contrasting pale-bright green.

An old leaf hanging on while

In the Alpes-Maritimes they are common around Fayence, Mons and St. Cézaire-sur-Siagne (25-30 km west of Grasse). In the Var, vast areas of the Maures have pubescent oak mixed with the cork-oak forests.