The shallow-rooted, densely branched Michaux Oak, or Swamp Chestnut Oak, was a popular timber tree in the cotton belt of the Deep South. It is the native host for Juvenal's duskywing butterfly. Will thrive as an ornamental or shade tree in most types of soil, including wet bottomland. Its leaves are glossy-green and shaped somewhat like those of the chestnut tree. Acorns are sweet-tasting and can be eaten unboiled, directly from the tree. Poisonous if eaten.