chestnut oak, rock chestnut oak, rock oak
This native tree is a member of the white oak group with rounded wavy leaf margins of lustrous deep yellow-green coloration and dark grayish-brown, deeply furrowed textured bark. Maturing in one growing season and ripening in fall, the acorns are a valuable food source for wildlife.
often found on outlying rocky hilltops growing in dry, rocky, barren soils of acidic pH.
May also be found on.
In addition to being an important food source, oak trees provide valuable cover to wildlife and its leaves and twigs are used by many birds as nesting material.
syn. Quercus prinus
"The oak, both in Europe and America, is the most majestic of forest trees. It has been represented as holding the same rank among the plants of the temperate hemispheres that the lion does among quadrupeds, and the eagle among birds; that is to say, it is the emblem of grandeur, strength, and duration; of force that resists, as the lion is of force that acts. ...
Arboretum et fruticetum britannicum, VOL. III, John Claudius Loudon,
virtual herbarium sheet 000009 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 22.iv.2014