Chesnut Oak

Quercus prinus

Native to the Appalachian region the chestnut oak is a large tree reaching 60-70’ height and similar spread. The chestnut oak prefers dryer sites and is often mixed in with black oaks. It is a white oak subspecies meaning that it does not have the bristled tip leaf end. This tree is very drought resistant and forms deeply furrowed bark providing fire resistance. The acorns are like white oaks but have a deeper cap. Acorns provide a food source for turkey, rough grouse, songbirds, deer, and small mammals.

Because of its high tannin content, the bark formerly served for tanning leather. The wood is marketed as White Oak.


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