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Chinquapin Oak

Quercus muehlenbergii • Yellow Chestnut Oak, Chinkapin Oak


Chinquapin or Chinkapin oak is native to eastern and central North America. It is a relatively large tree, growing between 10-20 meters tall. They are usually found on dry sites, limestone outcrops and rocky ridges in the wild and perform well in alkaline soils. Chinkapin oak is closely related to the smaller but generally similar dwarf chinkapin oak (Quercus prinoides). Chinkapin oak is usually a tree, but occasionally shrubby, while dwarf chinkapin oak is a low-growing, clone-forming shrub.


Glossy yellowish-green to deep green leaves, underneath leaves are densely hairy with star-shaped hairs. 8-15 straight, parallel veins. Large pointed tips.


Mature bark pale greyish and flaky. Swollen at base.


Slightly elongated acorns, in singles or pairs. Tips are rounded with small abrupt point. Cup with hairy, overlapping scales.

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