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PlantFiles: Swamp Chestnut Oak, Basket Oak
Quercus michauxii

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: michauxii (miss-SHOW-ee-eye) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Nov 23, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Planted in full sun, Fall 2008. Attractive oak, fast grower. Mine is averaging 3 ft/yr

Positive tropicsofohio On Jun 9, 2007, tropicsofohio from Hilliard, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

this tree getts HUGE!!!!!!!!!! i have seen two massive trees, about 21 FEET AROUND!!!!!!!!!! both were in or near water.the tree that lives close by can be seen from space!(not really. lol) the branches strech over 140 feet from tip to tip, and is over 100 feet tall. a tree this big must be over 400 years old. truly ancent. its growing nearly on top of a streem that is sooooooo poluted, yet it thrives. if you are visiting the area, it is located at franks park in hilliard ohio

Positive escambiaguy On Oct 27, 2006, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This a great fast growing oak! Mine grew almost 3ft in the first year. Despite it's reputation for liking swamps, mine went through the summer drought without any problems. The leaves are big and have a fuzzy feel to them. I recommend giving it a try. It's far from being overplanted.

Positive QueenB On May 20, 2006, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grows here in East Texas in sandy bottoms in the Big Thicket. It's also a fast grower when without competition. Mine went from an acorn to 2' ft. in one growing season, and has added nearly another foot this spring.

Neutral TREEHUGR On Dec 24, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Everything Melody just said, plus I'll add that it can be found occurring usually mesic sites as far south as the Orlando area in FL. It has a rounded mature shape.

Extra large leaves, 4-9" and extra large acorns too 1-1.25" which can supposedly be eaten unboiled but I haven't tried it personally. too bad there are no photo yet. The leaves are unique, not like the more common broadleaf oaks. Fall color is supposed to be brown or dark red.

Positive melody On Aug 30, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A primarily Southern oak that is common in the Coastal Plain bottomlands and the Mississippi River Valley. Popular for making baskets because of the strong straight bark that is easy to shape.

A member of the White Oak family.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama
Benton, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Valley Lee, Maryland
Hilliard, Ohio
Christiana, Tennessee
Dickson, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
Shepherd, Texas

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