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
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
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Quercus michauxiiAlso known as:
swamp chestnut oak,
Quercus houstoniana, Quercus prinus
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.
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
Propagate from fresh acorns. This is to be taken quite literally, as they sprout immediately after dropping.
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
AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
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