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Quercus michauxii

Swamp Chestnut Oak

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Quercus michauxii (Swamp Chestnut Oak)

The leaves of this oak are leathery with the underside covered in soft hairs, similar to a Chestnut. They turn a beautiful scarlet-red in fall. It is magnificent in old age. This oak is fairly fast-growing with scaly bark and large sweet acorns loved by livestock and wildlife. It can survive continuous flooding and naturally grows in wet areas. Oaks have been made easier to transplant with fast growth rates because of new root pruning and fertilization techniques.

Additional Information:


Height
60-70 Feet

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Spread
55-65 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Shining Blue Star (Amsonia illustris), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Vernal Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis), Nannyberry Viburnum (Viburnum lentago)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW

Nature Attracting

Beneficial Insects
Songbird

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Early (Feb-Apr)
Winter (Nov-Mar)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average
High

Special Features

Interesting Bark
Nuts

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Nesting
Cover
Food/Small Animals