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 bark is rich in tannin.A black dye can be obtained from the bark and also from the seeds.
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A very ornamental plant, it thrives in Britain. A shrub growing in dappled woodland shade at Cambridge Botanical Gardens produced a few ripe seeds after the hot summer of 1989, though the vast majority of seeds were aborted[K]. The fruit ripens in its second year. Intolerant of root disturbance, trees should be planted in their permanent positions whilst young. Any transplanting should be done once growth has commenced in late May or in September. Hybridizes freely with other members of the genus.This species is notably resistant to honey fungus.
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