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Quercus prinus
Chestnut Oak
Family: Fagaceae

This is a dense, round and deciduous tree. It grows slow, but lives a very long time. It has shiny, dark yellowish green leaves. In autumn, the leaves turn orange-yellowish to yellowish-brown. It grows best in rich, well-drained soils along streams. Chestnut Oak has large acorns that do not usually appear until the tree is 20 years old. Bears usually try to avoid these acorns. At the height of its maturity, a chestnut oak can grow up to 80 feet tall. Hardiness zones 4-9. A chestnut oak can be found at the Arboretum.

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