The chestnut oak is native to the eastern United States where it is one of the most important ridgetop trees from southern Maine southwest to central Mississippi. It is also known for its beautiful silvery-white bark. The chestnut oak is used as a shade tree for large areas. It prefers full sun and dry, well-drained soil. It is a rapidly growing tree and can attain a height of 60 to 70 feet with a similar spread.