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Chinkapin Oak


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Quercus muehlenbergii shape

Quercus muehlenbergii

  • Height: 45’
  • Spread: 45’
  • Site characteristics: Sandy to clay to rocky soils; full to partial sun
  • Zone: 5a - 8b
  • Wet/dry: Tolerates moderate drought
  • Native range: Eastern United States
  • pH: 5.0 - 8.2
  • Other: Extremely tolerant of alkaline soil
  • Shape: Rounded and open
  • Foliage: Lustrous dark green
  • Fall color: Yellow to yellowish brown
  • Other: Slow growing massive trees needing adequate space, corky bark
  • Additional: Transplant in spring
  • Pests: Susceptible to oak wilt, but relatively pest free

Chinkapin oak Quercus muehlenbergii
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU (left), and Vojtech Zacadil, Wikimedia commons (right).

Chinkapin Oak
Photo: Jason Sharman, Vitalitree,

Chinkapin oak range
Map indicates species’ native range. Source: U.S. Geological Survey

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