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Oglethorpensis Oak Quercus oglethorpensis

Phonetic Spelling
KWER-kus oh-gle-thorp-EN-sis
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

'Oglethorpensis' Oak was first discovered in 1940 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. It is an endangered species native to the southeastern United States and is threatened by land use changes, competition, and chestnut blight disease caused by Cryphonectria parasitica. Conservation efforts are currently underway to save the tree by people like the Morton Arboretum. Several arboretums have established the tree.

It is a medium to large-sized tree with a pyramidal to oval crown which becomes rounded with age. Lower branches often droop. The crown usually appears filled with sprouts and a dense growth of twigs. The leaves are similar to the Willow Oak in shape and turn red-brown in the fall and persist into winter. The natural habitat is moist clay soils in the piedmont area of southeast US.

 

 

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#sun#deciduous#fall color#shade tree#wildlife plant#native tree#endangered#deer resistant#large spaces#oak#clay soils tolerant#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#shade tree#wildlife plant#native tree#endangered#deer resistant#large spaces#oak#clay soils tolerant#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Quercus
    Species:
    oglethorpensis
    Family:
    Fagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Alabama, NE. Georgia, W. South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi
    Distribution:
    GA , LA , MS , SC
    Wildlife Value:
    Mildly resistant to deer damage. Birds and mammals eat the acorns.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Acorns (nuts) are edible after tannins are leached or boiled out.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 50 ft. 0 in. - 80 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 45 ft. 0 in. - 65 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Oval
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    0.5 in. dark brown acorn enclosed 1/3 by a cup which is top-shaped, with appressed scales. They mature in 1 year;
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Male and female flowers grow on the same tree. Male flowers are borne on hanging slender catkins and females are borne on short spikes.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green leaves which are hairless above and light green beneath with yellowish pubescence. Leaves persist into winter. They are 2-5 inch long and 1/2 - 2 inches wide. Margins are smooth to wavy.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    The bark is gray-brown, tight and quite hard, with broad, irregular ridges and very shallow furrows.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Young twigs are reddish-brown and hairless. On older twigs and branches grayish.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Stomach pain, constipation and later bloody diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination if young leaves or raw acorns eaten.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Gallotannins, quercitrin, and quercitin.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves