Chinkapin Oak


  • Leaves turn yellow-orange to orangish-brown in fall
  • Produces inch long acorns
  • Ashy light gray bark
  • Good for wildlife
  • Seedling height: 12″-18″

Height: 40ft-50ft
Spread: 40ft-50ft
Water Needs: Dry to Medium-Wet
Soil Needs: Sand, Loam, Clay
Growth Rate: Moderate-slow

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Chinkapin Oak
Description Chinkapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) is a deciduous tree with large leaves and ashy light gray bark. Its acorn, an inch long, is eaten by many wildlife. Like other oaks, it makes a good shade tree and its lumber is valuable. In its youth, it is tolerant of shading but prefers full sun as it get larger.
Height 40 – 50 ft.
Spread 40 – 50 ft.
Growth rate Moderate-slow
Sun Full sun – part shade
Water use Medium
Soil Rocky or sandy, well drained soils
Bloom & Nut
Bloom time March – May
Bloom color Yellow, green, brown
Fruit type Nut
Edible/Inedible Inedible
Nativeness Native
Benefits Good for wildlife, shade tree, lumber
Climate Change Hardiness Medium adaptability (US Forest Service)

Additional information


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