4 Oak trees TIM­ING: sum­mer (leaves), au­tumn (acorns)

NZ Lifestyle Block - - The good life -

Ex­ces­sive amounts of green acorns or spring leaves (ap­prox­i­mately 50% of their diet) can be toxic, but once ma­tured, oak leaves are a nu­tri­tious and ben­e­fi­cial stock food, and are known to ‘bind’ up runny ma­nure caused by lush grass. • aged, brown acorns are an ex­cel­lent source of starch and nu­tri­ents for ducks and pigs; • leaves are a ben­e­fi­cial sup­ple­ment for cows; • quick-grow­ing long-lived shade tree; • ex­cel­lent tim­ber and fire­wood tree; • de­cid­u­ous, some va­ri­eties have lovely au­tumn colour.

Oak tree.

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