Quercus prinus/Chestnut Oak

Quercus prinus / Quercus prinus
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Scientific Name: Quercus prinus
Common Name: Chestnut Oak
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The chestnut oak is normally found in relatively dry upland sites. It makes a very handsome lawn specimen with outstanding red autumn color. The bark on young trees is smooth and gray while on old trees the bark becomes becomes scaly with wide flat ridges. The acorn is eaten by several species of wildlife because the meat of the nut is quite sweet. This tree is similar to Quercus michauxii of the Southeast U.S. and also called the chestnut oak.