Swamp Chestnut Oak

Swamp Chestnut Oak (USDA)
Swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii) is known also as basket oak, for the baskets made from its wood, and cow oak because cows eat the acorns. One of the important timber trees of the South, it grows on moist and wet loamy soils of bottom lands, along streams and borders of swamps in mixed hardwoods. The high quality wood is used in all kinds of construction and for implements. The acorns are sweet and serve as food to wildlife.

Swamp Chestnut Oak (Virginia Tech Dendrology)
Learn to identify this tree by its leaf, flower, fruit, twig, bark and form.

Quercus michauxii (N.C. State Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox)
Swamp Chestnut Oak is a native deciduous tree that may grow 60 to 80 feet tall. The dense crown is rounded with an irregular spread. It is native to swampy areas and low woodlands of the southeastern coastal plain and the Mississippi river valley.

Know Your Deer Plants: Swamp Chestnut Oak (National Deer Association)
When considering species to plant or encourage on deer hunting land in the Southeast, swamp chestnut oak should be near the top of your list. A member of the white oak family, swamp chestnut oak produces extremely large acorns that are highly attractive to whitetails.