How does mistletoe nourish itself on oak trees?

Members of the Loranthaceae family like the American mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens, take food from the sap of woody plants through special roots called haustoria.

Mistletoe also grows on other deciduous trees, including the sweet gum and red maple.

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