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Oak (Chestnut)

Quercus montana

Chestnut Oak tree with orange fall foliage

The Chestnut Oak, or Quercus montana, native to difficult growing sites in the Appalachian Mountains, is therefore an excellent choice for contemporary landscapes with their often less-than-ideal growing conditions. The wood is tough, resisting storm damage, and the foliage is normally a healthy, dark green, free from problems. Fall color is usually respectable, if not outstanding, and the sweet acorns are an important food source for wildlife.

Quercus Montana grows 50'-70' tall with an equal spread, and the winter branching outline is majestic and bold. The name Chestnut Oak is a reference to the chestnut-like bark on mature trees (coarsely furrowed and dark brown to black). The bark texture resembles cork.

I have a particular fondness for the silhouettes of trees in the dormant season and am especially fascinated with bold trees, those with large, open branching structure that spread their solid limbs as if they deserve respect simply because of their presence. Chestnut Oak is one such tree...

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