Native to China, Japan and Korea. Originally introduced to the United States around 1920.
Prefers well drained to moderately well drained soils with a pH greater than 5.0. Grows best in full sun to partial shade. Prefers open areas.
Can reach a height of 50 – 70 ft. with a spread of 60 ft. Pyramidal shaped when young with striated bark. Leaves are serrated, similar to a chestnut tree, which gives it its name.
Points of Interest
- Originally introduced because it begins producing acorns after its 4th year. Most other oaks do not produce until they are 25 – 30 years old.
- Its primary use today is for production of food for wildlife. It is a prolific and consistent acorn producer.
- In late summer and early fall the trees provide food for crows, blue jays, turkey, deer, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and a variety of other species.
- A relatively pest-free plant.
- Does not do well in flooding areas. Acorns left in water more than 24 hours will not germinate.