Native Plant Database

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Swamp Chestnut Oak

Quercus michauxii
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Red

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Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Food/Birds, Food/Small Animals, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

60 to
80
feet

Spread:

55 to
65
feet
Size
Height: 60 to
80
feet
Spread: 55 to
65
feet
Size
Height: 60 to
80
feet
Spread: 55 to
65
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Extremely tall shade tree with great fall color. Could also plant in groves in wet areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers deep, rich soils. Can survive very wet conditions including long periods of flooding or standing water.
Special Features
Interesting Bark, Nuts
Special Usage
Basic Description

This oak has leaves similar to a Chestnut tree. They are leathery with the underside covered in soft hairs. Lovely scarlet-red fall color. A large and fairly fast growing oak with scaly bark. Magnificent in old age! Large, sweet acorns loved by wildlife and livestock. Grows naturally in wet areas and can survive continuous flooding. New root pruning and fertilization techniques in nursery production have made oaks easier to transplant and have given them faster growth rates. Special usage: timber.

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