Swamp Chestnut Oak - Quercus michauxii
The common name reflects the swampy habitat preferred by this oak and the leaves which resemble those of a chestnut. The leaves may reach nearly a foot in length and are hairy beneath and soft above. This is primarily a southern oak but extends along the Atlantic coast to southern New York, and west to Oklahoma. Sometimes called the "Basket Oak," for the flexible bark that can be used in basket-making, the acorns are edible, and the hard wood useful for a variety of purposes. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.