Native Plant Database

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Chinkapin Oak

Quercus muehlenbergii
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
spreading tree with bright green leaves - Chinkapin Oak
Photo: www.HenryDomke.com
Sun Exposure 
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

40 to
70
feet

Spread:

45 to
75
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
70
feet
Spread: 45 to
75
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
70
feet
Spread: 45 to
75
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Great tree for large, park-like areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Can grow in high-pH, dry limestone soils and along sidewalks. Drought tolerant once established. Very easy to start from seed if kept protected from rodents the first year. Long-lived tree.
Special Features
Interesting Bark, Nuts
Special Usage
Basic Description

An attractive oak with toothed leaves like those of a Chestnut tree. Grows in limestone soils (a rarity amongst oaks). Foliage is green and shiny, turning to yellow-orange in fall. Gray bark and gnarled branch structure on old specimens. New root pruning and fertilization techniques in nursery production have made oaks easier to transplant and have given them faster growth rates.

green leaves of the Chinkapin oak

Chinkapin oak leaves. Photo: www.HenryDomke.com

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