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WHY YOU DON’T WANT THE PIN OAK AS A SHEL­TER TREE

I re­ceived the April is­sue of the NZ Life­style Block mag this week and, as usual, have read it from cover to cover. I re­ally en­joy the wide va­ri­ety of ar­ti­cles in your mag­a­zine.

How­ever, I was con­cerned to read on page 29 that the pin oak ( Quer­cus palus­tris) is listed as one of the rec­om­mended shade trees. Acorns, if eaten, are toxic to stock, with symp­toms show­ing 5-7 days after in­ges­tion. Pin oaks should NOT be planted as shade trees for an­i­mals.

A life­style block owner in my area found out the hard way when her small flock of sheep be­came very sick from eat­ing acorns. Two of them died; the rest sur­vived but I un­der­stand that it’ll be 60- 90 days be­fore they are clear of the tox­ins, so she’s still keep­ing a close eye on them.

Need­less to say, she was very up­set.

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