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Chinkapin Oak Tree

Chinkapin Oak Tree

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The Chinkapin Oak tree - Quercus muehlenbergii - is the limestone equivalent of the chestnut oak - occurring as a dominant species on rocky alkaline uplands. This is not a fussy tree and it will adapt too many soil types.This oak is also known as bray oak - chestnut oak - rock chestnut oak - yellow oak and rock oak.This oak tree is also sometimes commonly called yellow chestnut oak. Chinkapin oak is a medium sized deciduous oak of the white oak group that typically grows 40-60 tall with an open globular crown.The fruits are small oval acorns with scaly cups that extend to approximately .50 the acorn length. Acorns are valued food for a variety of wildlife.Chinkapin oak trees have narrow - shiny green leaves that have coarse marginal teeth. Leaves somewhat resemble the leaves of chestnut - Castanea - whose nut is sometimes called a chinquapin - hence the common name of this oak.Its acorn is sweet and edible. The thin leaves provide light shade. Fall color is variable - but it usually displays shades of yellow and brown.Chinkapin is not used extensively as an ornamental tree - although it is quite tolerant of tougher sites. It grows best on medium acid to moderately alkaline - 4.5 to 7.2 pH - - well drained-soils.* Heat tolerant* Drought tolerant* Widely adaptable

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