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This website goes into depth on many of the interesting pieces of trivia surrounding chestnut oaks. For example, the tannin in chestnut oaks was used to tan rawhide into leather. As another example, the wood of a swamp chestnut oak (which is arguably the same species, although their bark is very different) was once used to make baskets. This trivia is not just confined to uses, but also includes interesting information pertaining to its role in the ecosystem. Grey squirrels, for instance, have been shown to prefer the chestnuts of chestnut oaks to the chestnuts of white oaks.
Contributed by Tj Parks