Swamp Chestnut Oak
The Swamp Chestnut Oak tree, Quercus michauxii, is known also as a Basket Oak for the baskets made from its wood, and Cow Oak because cows eat the acorns!
One of the important timber trees of the South, it grows on moist and wet loamy soils of bottom lands, along streams and borders of swamps. The high quality wood is used in all kinds of construction and for implements. The acorns are sweet and serve as food for wildlife.
Swamp Chestnut Oak trees are well-formed and become quite large (80 feet tall) with a narrow crown. Swamp Chestnut Oak strongly prefers soils that are moist, permanently moist, or permanently wet, and tolerates standing water (as in periodically inundated floodplains) for several weeks at a time.
Good seed crops occur at intervals of 3-5 years with poor to fair production in between. Swamp Chestnut Oak trees are deciduous and have leaves that vary from four to eight inches in length and are downy beneath.
Making a good shade tree, Swamp Chestnut Oak also offers rich crimson colors in the fall!
* Important timber tree
* Produces acorns
* Good shade tree
|Mature Height||60 - 80 feet|
|Mature Spread||50 - 70 feet|
|Mature Form||Pyramidal to Oval|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun - Partial Sun|
|Fall Color||Bronze to Reddish|