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collage of Swamp Chestnut Oak and Chestnut Oak

Swamp Chestnut Oak (Quercus michauxii) vs. Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana)

Updated December 22nd, 2020

These species are sometimes confused where their ranges overlap. Their habitats, however, overlap little: chestnut oak prefers dry, upland sites, and ranges farther north and to higher elevations; swamp chestnut oak occurrs on wet, bottomland sites, and ranges farther south. They are easily told apart by differences in bark or acorns, and with effort, leaves as well.

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