Swamp Chestnut Oak

  • Chestnut Oak Leaves

    Chestnut Oak Leaves

  • Chestnut Oak Bark

    Chestnut Oak Bark

  • Chestnut Oak Flowers

    Chestnut Oak Flowers

  • Chestnut Oak Acorns

    Chestnut Oak Acorns

    Specifications

    • Also known as: Basket Oak
    • Latin (scientific) name: Quercus michauxii
    • Life expectancy: 300 years
    • Height: 110 feet
    • Circumference: 14 feet
    • The height and circumference measurements listed above are for the largest-known swamp chestnut oak tree in Atlanta. This tree is located at Clear Creek Nature Preserve in Brookwood Hills. Chestnut oaks are uncommon in Atlanta.

    • Special characteristics:

      Note that this is a different species from the chestnut oak (Quercus prinus).

    • Annoyance factors:

      Acorns are about 1-1/4 inches long.

    • Fun Facts:

      The decay-resistant wood of the chestnut oak was used for fence posts. The bark was highly prized for its tannin content; in the colonial days, it was used extensively for tanning hides.

    • Photo Credits:

      Bark: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
      Leaf: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
      Acorns: Franklin Bonner, USFS (ret.), Bugwood.org
      Flowers: Steven J. Baskauf, Vanderbilt University Bioimages