Plants By Type
Chinkapin Oak Tree - Quercus muehlenbergii
Chinkapin Oak Trees resemble chestnut trees but are actually a type of White Oak. They prefer a location in that receives strong sunlight and they grow well in USDA hardiness zones four to seven. Chinkapin Oaks will tolerate many soil types but prefer well-drained, rocky to sandy, alkaline soils. They typically reach heights of forty to fifty feet but can grow as high as seventy feet. Growth is slow to moderate, at a rate of twelve to twenty four inches per year. The canopy is rounded and generally similar in breadth to the height of the tree with a maximum spread of fifty to sixty feet. The trunk can grow up to three feet in diameter and displays a pale grey to white bark. Chinkapin Oak leaves are a lively yellow-green color with serrated edges and grey-silver undersides. The leaves are typically four to six inches long and one to two inches wide. Chinkapin Oaks are deciduous, with a dazzling display of yellow-orange to brown coloration in the fall. Flowering occurs in mid to late spring with both male and female flowers present on the same tree. These towering giants are resistant to most pests and diseases, making them a low maintenance addition to any landscape. Chinkapin Oaks are good companion trees to other oaks and pine trees. They function well as a large shade tree and add beauty and elegance to any landscape. The acorns produced by Chinkapin Oaks attract wildlife and serve as food for many creatures including squirrels, chipmunks, deer, wild game birds, and bears. Acorns are green in color when they first form and turn a chestnut brown color when ripe. Acorns are edible and delicious either raw or roasted, though they are most commonly roasted, and make a great addition to soups and breads. Chinkapin Oak acorns are reportedly the sweetest acorns produced by any oak tree and ripen in September to October.