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 a source of tannin.Wood - very hard, durable if it is not wet. Used for construction, making the handles of agricultural implements etc. An excellent fuel.
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A very ornamental tree, it is somewhat tender in Britain but grows well on the Isle of Wight and in Cornwall. It prefers warmer summers than are usually experienced in Britain. Intolerant of root disturbance, trees should be planted in their permanent positions whilst young. Hybridizes freely with other members of the genus.Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.
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