Swamp Chestnut Oak

Arbor walk #55

This shade tree is a Missouri native to floodplains. It produces acorns that, unlike most, can be eaten straight from the tree without needing to be boiled. The tree’s durable wood made it popular in the Deep South’s cotton belt where it was used for many purposes including flooring and baskets.

Common Name Swamp Chestnut Oak
Latin Name Quercus michauxii
Type Native, Shade
Diameter 4.5 caliper
Color of Leaf Medium green turn to red
Shape of Leaf Alternate and obovate leaves, 8″ long
Color of Flower Inconspicuous
Shape of Flower Dangling catkins
Fruit Characteristics Capped nuts, acorns
Bark Characteristics Silvery grey
Foliage Type Deciduous

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