chestnut oak
Quercus montana

Chestnut oak is common in the Appalachian mountains and nearby regions, often found growing on dry, rocky, infertile slopes and ridges. The lumber of chestnut oak is sold and used as white oak. Acorns are eaten by a variety of wildlife species.

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Timber Value

      Chestnut oak is used for construction lumber, beams, railroad ties, flooring, furniture, planking, etc.


Wildlife Value
      Large acorns are a nutritious part of many animal diets.
          Attracts: mice, squirrels, chipmunks, turkey, deer

Regeneration methods
      Chestnut oak's intermediate shade tolerance and slow growth rate allow for regeneration by shelterwood and group selection methods. It competes best on sites of intermediate to poor quality.

Fun facts
Acorns are edible (after soaking), and provide food for many species of wildlife. The wood resembles the wood of Q. alba, and is used the same. Chestnut oak gets its common name from the wavy margin of its leaves... in bygone times people with poor eyesight or rudimentary glasses likened the leaves to those of American chestnut.
Quercus: Latin name / montana: of the mountains
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