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Quercus virginiana

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

Native; excellent for coastal areas; old leaves drop in spring; salt tolerant; acorns eaten by birds and squirrels; dark charcoal bark; good street tree; larval plant for white hairstreak butterfly; shallow spreading roots. This tree is resistant to damage by deer.

Description:
Evergreen or deciduous tree; leaves alternate and simple, variously shaped in different species; pollen flowers in drooping, elongated clusters; fruit an acorn.
Height:
30-50 ft.
Flower:
0.7 to 1 in. acorn; 1 to 5 on a stalk
Zones:
7b-10
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun; range of soil types; tolerates moist and compacted clay soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Massive, wide spreading; horizontal and arching branches; picturesque 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:
50-80 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow to moderate
Leaf:
1.3 to 3 in. alternate, simple, leathery leaves
Tags:
fall color, birds, native tree, wildlife plant, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2182

Quercus virginiana Quercus virginiana
Dystopos, CC BY-NC-2.0
Quercus virginiana Leaves and acorns
Scott Zona, CC BY-NC-2.0
Quercus virginiana Leaves
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0