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swamp chestnut oak Quercus michauxii

Swamp chestnut oak is common in southeastern bottomlands. 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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Swamp chestnut oak's intermediate shade tolerance and slow growth rate allow for regeneration by shelterwood and group selection methods.

Found on bottomlands that are periodically flooded for short periods such as borders of swamps and river flood plains.


Well-formed tree becoming quite large (80 feet tall) with a narrow crown.

Timber Value
Swamp 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 deer, hogs, squirrels, turkey

Insects and Diseases

Fun Facts
The tree is also known as basket oak since it easily split wood was once widely used to make baskets. It is a high quality timber tree with its wood used for many things.

Latin Meaning
Quercus: Latin name / michauxii: after F. A. Michaux

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