Chinquapin Oak

Chinquapin Oak trunk Botanical Name: Quercus muehlenbergii subsp. null
Other Names: null
Other Botanical Names: null
Family: Fagaceae Native to: Eastern North America
Hardy to zone: 5
Natural habitat: barren or disturbed ground, inner forests, rocky slopes
Shapes: round
Height: 50ft
width: 50ft
Growth rate: medium
Tolerances: pest & desease
Common uses: reforestation
Light: full sun
Transplanting: difficult
Soil: well drained, drought tolerant, ph adaptable

As a White Oak group member, the Chinquapin Oak grows in forests and dry, rocky areas from Niagara to the Eastern United States. It possesses uniquely shaped leaves apart form other Oaks with slightly shaggy bark. With Strong, durable, wood, the Chinquapin Oak is used for furniture making and construction. Its large tap root makes it slightly challenging to cultivate. A common solution is using air-pruning pots to naturally prune tap roots before they become a problem.

Chinquapin Oak leaves


Dark green in colour, with an unimpressive yellow-green in the fall. Leaves are coarsely toothed in shape, where each vein ends in a tooth. Up to 6 inches long in size.

Chinquapin Oak winter habit


Acorns are mostly covered by the cap. Unlike most Oaks, the acorns can be eaten raw since they are low in tannins. This makes them a popular food for humans and wildlife.