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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
|General Comments:||USF has a herbarium specimen from 2014 in Hardee County. The site is almost entirely planted as restoration after mining. It is an old restoration done before the responsible parties had much knowledge of plant ranges. It is probable that this is an accidental transplant and hence is not on our map. Clearly the tree will live here; it may not reproduce.|