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Quercus alba

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

Native; massive,spreading tree with thick trunk; avoid planting near paved areas; does not withstand construction damage well; difficult to transplant; drought tolerant; strong wood; acorns eaten by birds and squirrels. 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:
60-100 ft.
Flower:
0.7 to 1 in. rich brown acorn
Zones:
3-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; prefers moist, well drained soil but tolerates a range of soil types including clay
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Pyramidal in youth; broad crown with age; massive, spreading tree with thick trunk
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 know.
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:
50-90 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
4 to 8.5 in. alternate, simple dark green leaves; round lobes; brown, red, to wine fall color; sometimes brown into winter
Tags:
deciduous, deer resistant, TSC

NCCES plant id: 2154

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