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Quercus nigra

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

Dense shade; matures into large shade tree; easy to transplant; weaker wood than most other oaks; drooping branches; yellow to brown fall foliage. This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Description:
Evergreen or deciduous trees; leaves alternate and simple, variously shaped in different species; pollen flowers in drooping, elongated clusters; fruit an acorn.
Height:
50-75 ft.
Flower:
0.5 in. acorn
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Semi-conical to round; drooping branches
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:
1.5 to 4 in. alternate, simple leaves; yellow to brown fall color; leaves slow to fall
Tags:
deciduous, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 2169

Quercus nigra, bark Quercus nigra, bark
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Quercus nigra, leaves Quercus nigra, leaves
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Quercus nigra, leaf attachment Quercus nigra, leaf attachment
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Quercus nigra, leaves Quercus nigra, leaves
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Quercus nigra, acorn Quercus nigra, acorn
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