Swamp Chestnut Oak, Basket Oak
Delaware to Florida, west to Indiana, Missouri, and Texas
Medium to large deciduous oak with a tight, narrow, rounded crown.
Light sun and moist-wet soils, best in swamp borders and ravines.
It will grow to at least 40 feet under landscape conditions. Bark on young trees is quite scaly. Fall color is often bronze to red. It is worth considering for landscape use more often than it is.
Leathery in texture with a pubescent lower side. Alternate, simple, obovate, large leaf with small lobed edges. Bronze-red in fall.
Buds are large, clustered on the terminal end. Imbricately scaled, red, pubescent
Somewhat striated, gray-brown with deep furrows.
Ornamentally insignificant flowers bloom in April-May (male in slender yellow catkins to 2-4 inches long and female in very short few-flowered reddish spikes).
Brown acorns that are attractive to wildlife