Deciduous tree to 25 m, round-topped; younger shoots tomentose, pale brown; buds to 1 cm, angled, tomentose. Leaves crowded at tops of shoots, obovate, to 20 x 13 cm, sessile and auriculate, thick-textured, with 6-9 rounded primary lobes and 1-3 secondary lobes usually present; primary veins 6-9, intercalary veins few; indumentum of tufted stellate hairs, denser beneath, rarely glabrous above. Peduncle absent. Cupule hemispherical, c. 15mm diam., brownish; scales loosely adpressed, pubescent, narrowly oblong; acorn 1/2 exserted. Fr. 5. Usually in broad-leaved deciduous and mixed forest, sometimes forming pure stands, 20-1000 m.
S.E. Central Europe, S. Italy, Balkans. Euro-Sib. element.