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- Latin Name- Quercus Montana Hardy Planting Zone-7-10 Mature Height- 60-70 ft Width- 60-70 Sun or Shade- Full Sun
- THIS PLANT CAN NOT SHIP TO THE FOLLOWING STATES:
- CA, FL
Here's how your plants will look on arrival. All plants are dormant with no leaves or foliage.
Swamp Chestnut – Quercus Michaux
THIS PLANT DOES NOT SHIP TO CA, FL
Swamp chestnut oak leaves can reach up to 36 inches tall, and the tree itself often reaches as high as 100 feet tall. However its long branches don’t show until up to the first 40 feet in its height, that area is usually full of the shorter, stouter branches. The swamp chestnut oak is a deciduous tree with dark green, oval leaves during the spring and summer. They typically don’t begin to produce their seed until they’re about 20 to 25 years old. When they’re 40, they still retain much of their vigor. However, seedlings planted in fully sunlit areas are known to give their production at a much earlier rate. The swamp chestnut oak doesn’t thrive in the shade at all, so clear-cutting is an excellent way to plant the swamp chestnut oak. Good seed crops often show up between every three to five years.
It grows best through very well-drained sandy or clay-like moist soils on bottomlands and does well next to streams and first ridges away from the water. However, it has also been found to thrive as much as 1,000 feet above elevation. They can tolerate the occasional flood for a few days to a few weeks during their growing season. Its bark is scaly, very thick, and light gray.
The swamp chestnut oak serves as food for a variety of animals such as deer, squirrels, red foxes, wild hogs and even aquatic life. The squirrels are the ones who help them the most since they store much more than they eat. Their acorns are low in protein, high in fats and carbohydrates.
Numerous commercial nurseries have the bare root and containerized seedlings available. The swamp chestnut oak needs to be planted in the winter when the seedlings are dormant. About 30 feet should be left in between seedlings in case you decide to plant more and will need to the room for the crowns.