Quercus michauxii

basket oak, swamp chestnut oak, cow oak


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 120 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous


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: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
  • Acorns prized by squirrels, deer, turkey and other wildlife.
  • Larval food for brown duskywing butterfly (em>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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other 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.