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Quercus acutissima

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Sawtooth oak
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Trees
Comment:

Excellent, clean foliage shade tree; leaves persisit in winter.

Description:
Evergreen or deciduous trees; leaves alternate and simple, variously shaped in different species; pollen flowers in drooping, elongated clusters; fruit an acorn.
Height:
30-45 ft.
Flower:
Golden male catkins; .7 in. acorn; often heavy in alternate years
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to light shade; moist, well drained soil; tolerates wind, dry and compacted soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Pyramidal in youth; dense; broad to rounded; wide spreading branches with age
Poison Part:
Acorns (seeds of nuts) and young leaves.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion.
Symptoms:
Stomach pain, constipation and later bloody diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: Acorns (nuts) are edible after tannins are leached or boiled out. HARVEST TIME: Only collect nutsfrom areas you kn
Toxic Principle:
Gallotannins, quercitrin, and quercitin.
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
Found in:
Forest or natural areas; landscape as ornamental and shade trees.
Width:
30-40 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
3.5 to 7.5 in. alternate, simple, lustrous dark green leaves; yellow to golden brown fall color; leaves persist into winter

NCCES plant id: 2153