Chestnut Oak

Quercus montana Fagaceae

Other names

Basket Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak, Rock Chestnut Oak

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, Southern ME and Ontario, South to SC and AL


Jackson Grove, Schnee Oak Collection, Bald Hill and Caroline Pinnacles, Ringwood Ponds, South Hill Swamp

Source of plant

Plant Collections Consortium, KY , Chicago Botanic Garden, Highland Botanical Park, Schichtel's Nursery, Ruth Nix


Rounded, relatively dense tree reaching 60' to 70' in height with a comparable but irregular spread. Leaves 4"-6" long, 1.5"-3.5" wide, ovate to obovate-oblong, acute or acuminate, cuneate or rounded at base, coarsely and irregularly toothed with 10-14 pairs of obtuse, often mucronate teeth, lustrous dark yellow-green above, grayish tomentulose beneath. Fall color orange-yellow to yellow-brown. Acorns sweet.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

other ethnobotanical uses