Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days , or until radicle emergence
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification
Discover the impressive Swamp Chestnut Oak, also known as Quercus michauxii Cow Oak. Native to the southern and central United States, this oak species is found in bottomlands and wetlands, and is one of the most important ridgetop trees. Its massively-ridged dark grey-brown bark easily sets it apart from other North American oaks, and its leaves have rounded simple teeth on each side. The swamp chestnut oak's wood is close-grained, heavy, hard, rather tough, strong and durable, which makes it a great choice for furniture, cabinet making, interior finishes, fence posts and fuel. The bark of this oak can also be sliced into flexible strips suitable for basket weaving. While the swamp chestnut oak is rare north of the Ohio River, it is quite easy to grow if it is not subject to extreme urban conditions. Get your hands on this magnificent oak species today and bring a part of the southern and central United States to your garden!