Young leaves - cooked. A famine food when all else fails.The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.
Oak galls are excrescences that are sometimes produced in great numbers on the tree and are caused by the activity of the larvae of different insects. The insects live inside these galls, obtaining their nutrient therein. When the insect pupates and leaves, the gall can be used as a rich source of tannin, that can also be used as a dyestuff. A black dye is obtained from the seed cups.Wood - used for boat building and construction. The wood is also used for fuel and charcoal.
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Prefers warmer summers than are usually experienced in Britain, trees often grow poorly in this country and fail to properly ripen their wood resulting in frost damage overwinter. Intolerant of root disturbance, trees should be planted in their permanent positions whilst young. The seed ripens in its second year. This species is closely related to Q. variabilis. Often cultivated in China as a coppiced tree for fuel and charcoal. Hybridizes freely with other members of the genus.Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.
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