Quercus michauxii

Basket Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak, Cow Oak

Fagaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:-

Landscaping

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.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
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
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

  • Acorns prized by squirrels, deer, turkey and other wildlife.

Insects:
 

Larval food for brown duskywing butterfly (Erynnis horatius) and the gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

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
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

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.