Post oak

Category: Medicines - plant based



Introduction and description

Quercus stellata (Post oak) is a North American species of oak in the white oak section. It is native to the eastern and central United States, found in all the coastal states from Massachusetts to Texas, and inland as far as Nebraska.

The Post oak is a small tree, typically 10–15 meters (33-50 feet) tall and trunk 30–60 cm (1-2 feet) in diameter, though occasional specimens reach 30 meters (100 feet) tall and 140 cm (56 inches or 4.7 feet) in diameter.

The leaves have a very distinctive shape, with three perpendicular terminal lobes, shaped much like a Maltese Cross. They are leathery, and tomentose (densely short-hairy) beneath. The branching pattern of this tree often gives it a rugged appearance.

The acorns are 1.5–2 cm (0.6-0.8 inch) long, and are mature in their first summer.

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