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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.