Chinquapin Oak

  

(Quercus muehlenbergii)


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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.

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.

Nuts

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.