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Texture and Color Native Chestnut Oak

  • Popular Variety of White Oak
  • City Planners Love to Use These Durable Shade Trees
  • Excellent Native Tree
  • Long-Lived
  • Symmetrical, Rounded Crown
  • Tolerates Dry Soil
  • Long, Leathery Leaves with Attractive, Wavy-Edged Margin
  • Outstanding Fall Colors Red, Orange, Yellow and Russet Brown
  • Bark Becomes Deeply Ridged and Furrowed With Age for Winter Interest
  • Great for Wildlife

If you crave shade on a hot, dry property...plant a classic native tree that grows naturally on the high mountain ridges of Appalachia and along the Eastern United States. This special tree tolerates poor soil, and delivers outstanding features in the landscape.

With distinguished, highly textured furrowed bark, the Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana) is an impressive addition to large yards. It also grows surprisingly quickly as a young tree.

Chestnut Oak is a popular variety in high demand by city planners who rely on their handsome good looks and low-maintenance nature. Watch for them used in city parks and along medians.

With its blocky covering of deeply ridged bark and stout branches, Chestnut Oak becomes a sculptural element. This is a solid choice to design a landscape around.

Summer leaves are dark green on top and pale underneath. If you've ever stood under a tree with leaves that flash in the sunlight with each breeze, you'll understand why this visually-cooling feature is so welcome.

These large obovate leaves feature smooth, shallow-lobed margins. They resemble Chestnut leaves, and so became their namesake. However, this is a xeric site variety in the White Oak group.

Once fall weather comes about, you'll give thanks for their showy foliage. The leathery, thick leaves light up into a range of golden-yellow, orange-red and burnished red-brown tones.

Big, beautiful, brawny Chestnut Oak celebrates the bounty of life. This is a native tree to cherish for your whole lifetime. Long-lived Oak trees endure for hundreds of years.

In the wild, these rugged trees grow over boulders in a magnificent display of endurance. After many years, it starts to produce large, pretty acorns that easily slip out of their thin-edged, shallow caps.

Chestnut Oak is a very accessible mast resource for wildlife on naturalized properties. It makes chipmunks and squirrels happy in the suburbs.

Enjoy cool, comfortable outdoor living with one or more Chestnut Oaks shading your family and friends. Order yours today!

How to Use Chestnut Oak in the Landscape

Study the mature height and width of this long-lived tree. Give it enough room to develop into a magnificent specimen.

Plant on the south or southwest of your home to cast refreshing shade. Young Oak trees happily go through a burst of growth.

Be sure to use Nature Hills Root Booster while planting. The time-tested formula supports the tiny feeder roots to help access water and micronutrients over the course of its entire life; a good investment.

For an informal grouping, plant several trees from 30 to 50 feet apart on center. Measure from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next. Use a loose triangle, with varied spacing between the trees for a natural look.

Leave plenty of room for a seating area. Live large on your property with a destination fire pit, and established camping grounds.

Don't forget the horseshoes pit! Sling up a hammock or two. Make use of your space for a fulfilling family "stay-cation".

Commercial property owners can take this idea and run with it, too. Create a worker-friendly walking trail through a copse of Chestnut Oaks. Add Viburnum shrubs, Ornamental Grasses and evergreen shrubs for long-lasting interest and property value.

On a slope, plant in a deep pocket of soil behind an embedded boulder. This can become a memorable focal point in your landscape.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant in full sun or part shade. Chestnut Oak needs at least four hours of sunlight to thrive.

The soil must drain quickly after a rainfall. If you have soggy soil, consider the Swamp White Oak.

Provide supplemental water for best results. A careful schedule of water is important during the first year. Mulch over the root system, but pull it back away from the trunk.

Prune to correct shape in late winter. Take it slow, and develop a pruning plan in advance for this architectural tree.

We're thrilled to offer this native tree. Enhance the value of your property with the sturdy, long-lived colors of our beautiful Chestnut Oak. Order now!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Chestnut Oak Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Botanical Name Quercus montana
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 60 - 70 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 50 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly No