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Fagaceae -- Beech family

  Robert A. McQuilkin

  Chestnut oak (Quercus prinus), sometimes called rock chestnut  oak, rock oak, or tanbark oak, is commonly found in the Appalachian region on  dry, infertile soils and rocky ridges but reaches best growth on rich  well-drained soils along streams. Good acorn crops on this medium-sized,  long-lived tree are infrequent, but the sweet nuts are eaten by wildlife when  available. Chestnut oak is slow growing and the lumber is cut and sold as white  oak.

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Robert A. McQuilkin

Source: Silvics of North America

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