Quercus michauxii

Cow, Basket or Swamp Chestnut Oak

Family:  Fagaceae
Zone:  4-9                               Average Size:  60’H x 40’W


-Simple leaf, ovate, each vein ending in a rounded tooth, margin serrated
-Large, bright brown acorns, 1½ inches in diameter
-Shaggy, ash-gray bark, resembles Q. alba

Note:   A long-lived native oak, found in bottomlands and river bottoms.  Known for its outstanding autumn color, the Cow Oak is highly prized, but not commonly available in the nursery industry due to its slow growth rate.  Great volumes of leaf fall in autumn and make this species a maintenance concern.
Campus Location: Julian C. Miller Hall, west of patio