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Quercus castaneifolia | Kew Gardens

In this photo from Kew Gardens in England is the mother of a set of Chestnut-leaved Oaks (Quercus castaneifolia) in the Shields Oak Grove in Davis, CA. 

http://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:295924-1

In 1965 or so, acorns from this very tree were shared with the Univ. of California there. These trees are supremely well-adapted to Davis climate and deep soils, and the tallest is almost certainly in excess of 100 feet tall in a bit over 50 years. As with the Kew tree, these trees show no sign of slowing their growth. 

Dave Muffly