Quercus michauxii Swamp chestnut oak is a well-formed tree with a massive trunk and narrow crown, averaging 60-80 feet in height and 2-3 feet in diameter. It is found on the best, well-drained ridges and loamy terraces in bottomlands throughout the piedmont and coastal plain. Swamp chestnut oak is intolerant of shade. The quality of its wood is second only to the very best white oak. The acorns are sweet and serve as food for wildlife.