Swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii) belongs to the Fagaceae (the Beech family). It is a tall deciduous tree that is native to the southeastern and midwestern United States. This tree grows on a variety of moist soils, and up to a height of 15-30 m. The bark is light gray. The leaves are shiny, ovate, unlobed, with large rounded edges and turn yellow to vibrant red in the fall. The fruit is an acorn 2.5-3.5 cm long, maturing in the fall, about 6 months after pollination. They are relatively sweet and readily eaten by livestock.