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. The seed cups are used as buttons.Wood - coarse grained, hard, very heavy, very brittle. It is not exploited commercially as a wood, though it is valued as a fuel.
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Trees are hardy in Britain if they are not too exposed, though another report says that they are wind-resistant. Trees grow well in S.W. England. Intolerant of root disturbance, trees should be planted in their permanent positions whilst young. A slow-growing but long-lived tree in the wild. Plants only fruit occasionally in Britain, though they fruited very heavily at Kew in the hot summer of 1989[K]. The tree flowers on new growth produced in spring, the seed ripening in its first year. Hybridizes freely with other members of the genus.This species is notably resistant to honey fungus.
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