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Quercus michauxii

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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Rare in the United Kingdom, this Quercus michauxii was discovered in Illinois and has dark green leaves with some leaves turning deep red while others stay green late into autumn. Once established this oak can bear masses of large acorns every few years after a warm summer.

Quercus michauxii is a handsome specimen tree suitable for larger gardens and woodland areas.

Supplied Size: 2L deep containers (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Quercus michauxii | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Quercus michauxii | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
2 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Moist, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy. Quercus michauxii appreciates shelter from strong winds.
Rate of Growth: Slow until established then moderate.
Habit: Quercus michauxii grows to be a medium sized or eventually large, rounded tree .
Height: Eventually up to 20m (65 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)

Plant Finder: about Quercus michauxii

Common names

Swamp Chestnut Oak, Basket Oak, Cow Oak


Quercus michauxii (Swamp Chestnut Oak). The leaves of this oak are toothed rather than lobed (similar to the chestnut oak), shiny green on the top and greyish-green underneath and turn deep crimson in the autumn. The acorns are sweet and can be eaten directly off the tree (unlike most acorns, which need soaking to remove the tannins).


They are fully to frost hardy, and grow in sun or semi-shade in deep, well drained soil.

Interest and use

Grown for their autumn foliage and nuts.

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  • LightPart shade or Any
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

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