Quercus montana

Chestnut Oak (Basket Oak, Rock Oak, Rock Chestnut Oak)

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - 12-15' over 7-10 year period. Pyramidal, oval to rounded in youth, then rounded and relatively dense
Mature Height - 60-70'
Mature Width - 60-70' but irregular spread
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Pendulous yellow-green catkins
Fruit - Ovoid acorn in pairs, dark rich brown, 1-1.25" long, tuberculate cap covers a third of the nut. Sweet tasting.
Leaf - Lustrous dark yellow-green
Fall Color - Orange-yellow to yellowish-brown
Bark - Brown to nearly black; on older trees, deeply furrowed. Rich in tannin content (11%)
Other Features - Auburn trials showed this to be a superior species in its 13 year trials
Possible Use - Parking lot islands
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - No seed pretreatment necessary, easy to transplant compared to most oaks. Prefers moist well drained, but also found in rocky, poor, dry soil. Zone 4-8
Native Habitat - Southern Maine, Ontario to South Carolina and Alabama. Cultivated 1688
Diseases and Insects -
Strength - Very lovely tree, good landscape tree
Weakness -

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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Oak.
- Other plants of the family Fagaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Quercus.
- Other plants of the species Quercus montana.