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Plant Details

Quercus michauxii

Swamp Chestnut Oak, Basket Oak, Cow Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus michauxii

Common Name:

Swamp Chestnut Oak, Basket Oak, Cow Oak

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Tree

Size in Feet:

100

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont

Leaves

The leaves are roughly diamond-shaped, wider above the middle, and pale underneath. Up to 6" wide and 9" long.

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Jack Spruill, Hampstead, July, 2010

Q. michauxii grows best in bottomlands that are periodically flooded. The acorns are sweet and prized by small mammals and by livestock (thus the Cow Oak name.)

Bark

Bark is pale gray with scaly plates, similar to White Oak, Q. alba.
Strips of wood were used to make baskets. The lumber is hard and strong and used in furniture and flooring.

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Jack Spruill, Hampstead, July, 2010

Fall leaves

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Jack Spruill, Hampstead, Nov 2010

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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