Long-Lived Deciduous Tree
The Chestnut Oak is a long-lived, deciduous tree. It would be a great choice as a shade tree for your front yard, or in a place where soil is unsuitable for most other trees.
The Chestnut Oak is a remarkable tree for many reasons. It can thrive in difficult soils and conditions so you can use it in the rocky, unpalatable locations of your yard and still expect success. It’s hardy and has a long life-span so you can plant one today and be confident that future generations will enjoy your contribution to the landscape. It’s even decorative, great for wildlife and has a variety of uses.
In the spring, Yellow-green catkins will appear on your Chestnut Oak, hidden by the emerging leaves. However, you’ll know they’re there because the bees will love them and fill your tree with their buzzing song. The toothed leaves are leathery to the touch and dark green. The grey-green underside of the foliage presents a subtle two-tone color that softens the overall affect. In the fall, those same leaves will transform to a yellow-brown color to brighten up your fall landscape.
Your Chestnut Oak produces 1 ¼-inch oval acorns that are eaten by several types of wildlife, and the tree is useful for shelter and nesting by a variety of animals as well. The acorns (considered to be rather sweet compared to other acorns), have been traditionally used by Native American as a food source. Native Americans also used other parts of the Chestnut, including the acorn caps for buttons.
Chestnut oaks are in the White Oak family. They grow to about 70 feet in height and have a symmetrical appearance with a rounded crown. Their furrowed, brown bark is the reason for the “chestnut” name. The bark holds more tannins than most Oak trees, and has been used commercially for leather tanning. The bark has also been used for red dye. The wood itself is valued for lumber.
As you can see, your Chestnut Oak is a highly valuable tree with many uses and would certainly be an outstanding addition to your landscape.
- Stuning Tree Review by keith