Gambel’s oak early summer (Photo: Janice Tucker)
As for traditional and medicinal uses, Native Americans have utilized the Gambel oak acorns for a variety of ceremonial, food and medicinal purposes. Ax handles, hunting clubs, furniture and baby cradles are made from the wood.
Thinking about planting a tree in your garden? Go Native! Plant a Gambel oak.
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Thanks to Helen Woody and Jeanne Gozigian for proofreading this article.