Chestnut Oak

      FAMILY: Beech
      HEIGHT: 60 TO 80 ft.

      Chestnut Oak is mainly a mountain tree of the Appalachians. It grows up to 100 ft. high with an irregualr crown. Chestnut Oak thrives in dry, rocky soil, often on hillsides and ravines. Its dark brown bark, until recently harvested as a source of tanbark for tanning leather, is very deeply furrowed.

      The tree refers to its Chestnut=like leaf. But the leaf is broader and has rounded teeth, while tha of a Chestnut tree is more pointed and has sharp-pointed teeth. Acorns of Chestnut Oak often sprout in the fall, soon after dropping. The wood is hard, strong, and close-grained.