Quercus muehlenbergii

Chinkapin Oak

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune if needed when tree is dormant.  

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A native tree ideal as a shade tree that is not fussy about soil types or pH.

  • Picturesque, open, rounded form
  • Yellow-orange-brown color in fall
  • Use this tree more often!

Excellent tree for naturalizing or for large lawns or parks.

Height: 40-60 ft
Spread: 50-70 ft
Zone: 5-7
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Chinkapin Oak:

This is a native tree that grows naturally in dry, rocky soils, but prefers moist, alkaline soils.  This oak is long-lived and produces acorns that are mildly sweet and edible for wildlife, in fact, these acorns will likely never be a litter problem.   

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water