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Oak (Chestnut)

Quercus montana

The Chestnut Oak is native to difficult growing sites in the Appalachian Mountains. Due to this, it thrives capably in contemporary landscapes, even in those with less-than-ideal growing conditions. The wood is tough and resistant to storm damage, and the foliage is a healthy, dark green with few problems. The winter branching outline is majestic and bold. Fall color is usually respectable, if not outstanding.

I have a particular fondness for the silhouettes of trees in the dormant season. Especially fascinating to me are the bold trees, those with large, open branching structures, spreading their solid limbs as if they merit respect simply by their presence. Chestnut Oak is just such a tree...

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