- Common Name(s):
- Chestnut oak
- Poisonous Plants, Trees
Native shade tree.
Wildlife Value: Acorns are relished by wildlife. 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 resistant 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.
- 60-70 ft.
- 1 to 1.3 in. acorn; occurs single or in pairs; sweet tasting nut is rich dark brown
- Sun; range of soil types including poor dry soil; dislikes poor drainage
- Rounded, irregular spread; dense
- 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.
- Growth Rate:
- Moderate to rapid
- 4 to 6 in. alternate, simple yellowish green leaves; orange yellow to yellow brown fall color
NCCES plant id: 2175