Swamp Chestnut Oak

Arbor walk #55, Treekeeper ID #7212

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 NameSwamp Chestnut Oak
Latin NameQuercus michauxii
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How to identify a Swamp Chestnut Oak

Relationship of Quercus michauxii to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of Swamp Chestnut Oaks

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