- Common Name(s):
- Turkey oak
- Poisonous Plants, Trees
Wildlife Value: This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Oaks, in general, are susceptible to a large number of diseases, including chestnut blight, shoestring root rot, anthracnose, oak leaf blister, cankers, leaf spots, and powdery mildew. This tree is highly susceptible to oak wilt. Potential insect pests include scale, oak skeletonizer, leaf miner, galls, oak lace bugs, borers, caterpillars and nut weevils.
- Evergreen or deciduous trees; leaves alternate and simple, variously shaped in different species; pollen flowers in drooping, elongated clusters; fruit an acorn.
- 30-40 ft.
- 0.7 to 1.2 in. acorn
- Sun; range of soil types; drought tolerant
- Medium to coarse
- Rounded crown
- Poison Part:
- Acorns (seeds of nuts) and young leaves.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Stomach pain, constipation and later bloody diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination
- Acorns (nuts) are edible after tannins are leached or boiled out. Only collect nuts from areas you know.
- Toxic Principle:
- Gallotannins, quercitrin, and quercitin.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
- Found in:
- Forest or natural areas; landscape as ornamental and shade trees.
- 20-35 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- 4 to 14 in. alternate, simple leaves with 3 to 7 lobes; leaves hang perpendicular to ground; red to red brown fall color
NCCES plant id: 2164