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Chestnut Oak (Quercus Prinus). These slow growing trees can reach 70' in height and are known for their long life. The characteristic bark is dark and very rough. On older trees, the bark is typically broken into ridges that are separated by deep furrows. They thrive well on rocky ridges and the wood is strong and durable due to the lack of pest and disease problems. The acorns are an important food for various forms of wildlife. Leaves turn color to yellow-brown in autumn.

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