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Basket Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak, Cow Oak
|Size:||to 120 ft|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Deciduous. Blooms in spring (inconspicuous). Acorns mature in the fall.|
|Recommended Uses:||Shade tree. While native to moist sites, this oak does well in moderately dry areas as well. Makes a good street tree and can be used in parking lot islands. Bronzy fall color.|
|Considerations:||Fallen/falling acorns can be a maintenance issue.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Seed|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Loam, Sand|
Acorns prized by squirrels, deer, turkey and other wildlife.
Larval food for brown duskywing butterfly (Erynnis horatius), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album).
|Native Habitats:||Mesic sites near swamp edges and second bottoms of floodplains. May occur in uplands on shallow soils over limestone.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures