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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Swamp Chestnut Oak
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