Quercus muehlenbergii

Chinkapin Oak

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Chinkapin Oak is a medium-sized native deciduous tree with an open globular crown.  The toothed foliage that resembles chestnut leaves is a dark green and turns shades of yellow-brown in fall. The acorns have cups that cover half the nut and are edible, but it may take 30 years to produce first acorn crop.  Best grown in full sun and rich acidic well-drained soils.  Tolerates wet soils.

Type: 

Tree

Height: 

40’ - 60’

Spread: 

50’ - 70’

Spacing: 

60’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 7

Culture: 

Full Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Color: 

Green

Season of Interest:

Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Chlorosis is common in alkaline or neutral soils.  Oaks are susceptible to a large number of diseases, including oak wilt, blight, root rot, anthracnose, oak leaf blister, cankers, leaf spots, and powdery mildew.  Potential insect pests include scale, oak skeletonizer, leaf miner, galls, oak lace bugs, borers, caterpillars and nut weevils.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasWildlife Gardens Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Serviceberry, Magnolia, Burning Bush

IMAGE: Vojtěch Zavadil2494-Quercus muehlenbergii-Arb.Brno-8.12CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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