White Oak
Quercas alba

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WARNING(S)
Contains toxic compounds. See Notes.

Family
Fagaceae

Description
18.3-36.6 meter (60-120ft) deciduous tree with round-lobed leaves. Leaves have non-bristly tips and are white on undersides. Bark is light in color and flaky in texture.

Location
Found in dryer wooded areas. Ranges throughout Eastern half of United States.

Uses and Parts Used

Bark
Bark has astringent properties. Bark tea used for treating diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding, anal prolapse, excess mucous, and piles. Tea can also be gargled to treat sore throat and used as a face wash for acne. Bark tea also treats poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) rashes as well as burns.

Notes
Oaks contain high amounts of tannins. Tannic acid has been found to have antiviral, antiseptic, and carcinogenic properties. Tannic acid, however, may be toxic.

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