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Cultural Details for Quercus muehlenbergii

Common Name:
Chinkapin Oak

Growth Rate:
Medium in youth, slower with age Weakly rounded in youth, open, rounded crown at maturity

Average Mature Height:
40-50' in landscape; 70-80' in wild

Average Mature Width:
Usually greater than height at maturity

Flower Details:
Pendulous yellow-green catkins

Fruit Details:
Acorn, subsessile, globose-ovoid or ovoid, .75-1" long, thin cap

Fall Color:
Yellow to orangish brown to brown

Bark Details:
Ashy gray, more or less rough and flaky

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None particularly serious

Native Habitat:
Vermont to Virginia, west to Nebraska, Mexico, Texas. Introduced 1822

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Difficult to transplant, prefers alkaline soil in rich bottomlands or dry limestone outcrops. No seed pretreatment is necessary. Many in western Kansas and Oklahoma indicate good drought tolerance. Zone (4)5-7

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
276, 575, 1163, 8652, 8653

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.