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Cultural Details for Quercus montana

Common Name:
Chestnut Oak (Basket Oak, Rock Oak, Rock Chestnut Oak)

Growth Rate:
12-15' over 7-10 year period. Pyramidal, oval to rounded in youth, then rounded and relatively dense

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:
60-70' but irregular spread

Flower Details:
Pendulous yellow-green catkins

Fruit Details:
Ovoid acorn in pairs, dark rich brown, 1-1.25" long, tuberculate cap covers a third of the nut. Sweet tasting.

Fall Color:
Orange-yellow to yellowish-brown

Bark Details:
Brown to nearly black; on older trees, deeply furrowed. Rich in tannin content (11%)

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Southern Maine, Ontario to South Carolina and Alabama. Cultivated 1688

Other Features:
Auburn trials showed this to be a superior species in its 13 year trials

Culture and Care:
No seed pretreatment necessary, easy to transplant compared to most oaks. Prefers moist well drained, but also found in rocky, poor, dry soil. Zone 4-8

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
8779, 8780

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.