99-09 The rock chestnut oak (Quercus montana) is native to the Appalachian Mountains. It became one of the dominant trees there following the demise of the American chestnut due to an imported fungus blight. Rock chestnut oak appears naturally in Illinois only on a few dry ridges in the Shawnee National Forest, but it is very well adapted to our area when planted and makes a tough, gorgeous shade tree. The Illinois champion tree is an old planted one at the historic farm in Lincoln Memorial Garden on Lake Springfield. This specimen, one of several you may see here, came from seed collected in the heart of the natural range on Stone Mountain, Georgia, from a hardy old tree growing in a crack on a rock ledge.
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