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Quercus michauxii

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, clay, sand

Height: 60'-100'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, edible, fall interest, pond margin plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant

Quercus michauxii (swamp chestnut oak)
  • Quercus michauxii (swamp chestnut oak)
  • Quercus michauxii (swamp chestnut oak)
  • Quercus michauxii (swamp chestnut oak)
  • Quercus michauxii (swamp chestnut oak)

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Description

Quercus michauxii

Also known as:

swamp chestnut oak

,

basket oak

,

cow oak

Scientific Synonyms:

Quercus houstoniana, Quercus prinus

Description

Quercus michauxii is a tall, slow growing oak. It can reach 100' at maturity, with a compact narrow crown. The coommon name, swamp chestnut oak, is a reference to the similarity in leaf disposition to that of chestnuts. These are glossy, slightly lobed or toothed, and provide one of the best displays of fall color of all the oaks. The acorns are large, long, and often appearing in showy clusters.

Cultivation

Quercus michauxii is an adaptable tree within its native range. It prefers rich, well-drained soil, and can withstand seasonal to regular periods of inundation, as well as dry spells. Full sun is best. The roots of mature trees exude plant growth inhibitors as a way to eke out any possible competition; not a good place for under planting. Blooms in April or May. Zones 6-8

Propagation

Propagate from fresh acorns. This is to be taken quite literally, as they sprout immediately after dropping.

Additional Notes

Trees produce commercially viable lumber. Logs used to be split into thin strips used in basket weaving, hence the common name "basket oak". The acorns are of the few with a low enough tannin content that they can be eaten raw, without any preparation. They are also relished by birds, and mammals small and large.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Fagales
Family Fagaceae Beech family
Genus Quercus oak
Species Quercus michauxii swamp chestnut oak