Chestnut Oak Quercus montana    Synonyms: Quercus prinus.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fagales   >   Family Fagaceae   >   Genus Quercus   

Description:

The distinctive, deeply furrowed bark of Chestnut Oak is a key field mark for distinguishing from Basket, Swamp Chestnut, and Swamp White Oak. The shallowly lobed leaves are reminiscent of American Chestnut, hence the name.

Where to find:

Occurs on dry, gravelly, sandy or rocky soils, more common in the mountains than on the Coastal Plain (Brown and Brown, 1972). A characteristic tree of terrace-gravel forest in the Washington, DC, region.

Relationships:

Has been recorded as a host plant for Banded Hairstreak.

There are 294 records in the project database.

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Chestnut Oaks in Cecil Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Howard Co., Maryland (4/23/2010). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/30/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A young Chestnut Oak showing fall foliage in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/31/2015). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/3/2019). Photo by Matt Grey. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak at Downs Park, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/31/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Cecil Co., Maryland (9/17/2016). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak buds in Calvert Co., Maryland (2/10/2013). The buds are very similar to those of Basket Oak, but slightly more pointed. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (5/28/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A Chestnut Oak sapling in Harford Co., Maryland (8/28/2016). Photo by Kirsten Johnson. (MBP list)

A Chestnut Oak leaf in Harford Co., Maryland (11/6/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak acorn in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/27/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Chestnut Oak acorn in Potomac, Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/18/2010). Photo by Janice Browne. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Frederick Co., Maryland (10/14/2020). (c) lenasawyers, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by lenasawyers via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (11/11/2015). (c) treichard, all rights reserved. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Howard Co., Maryland (8/11/2019). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/23/2017). (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Katja Schulz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/23/2017). (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Katja Schulz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/17/2020). (c) Dwight Johnson, all rights reserved. Photo by Dwight Johnson. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/2/2016). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Chestnut Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/27/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)


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