Quercus muehlenbergii

Common name: Chinquapin Oak

Native plant

This unique oak has a very narrow environmental niche in northeastern Illinois. It is found on very shallow soils that overlay limestone. Chinquapin has done well as a street tree because of its tolerance of high pH and drought resistance. Leaves are unusual in that they are not lobed and have serrated teeth along their margin. This tree is one of the faster growing oaks at two feet to as much as four feet per year. However, when the tree grows four feet taller in one year, the next year it takes a time out and grows side branches. Acorns are not messy on this tree. The small, very sweet acorn is highly sought after by wildlife. Bark and structure are very similar to White Oak.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, New Construction, Road-side/Salt Tolerant

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Catkin

Fall color

Orange Yellow

Size

Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
50 Feet
Max height
1 020 Inches
Max width
60 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds

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