Chinquapin Oak / Chinkapin Oak – Quercus muhlenbergii

Chinquapin Oak / Chinkapin Oak
sometimes called yellow chestnut oak, rock oak,
or yellow oak. Height: 40-50′ Spread: 40-50′ Habit/Form: Rounded Growth Rate: Slow Zone: 5-7

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Chinquapin Oak Leaflets
Chinquapin OakQuercus muhlenbergii

Chinquapin oak is easily grown in rich, loamy, well-drained soils in full sun. It’s one of the few oaks that tolerates alkaline soil and urban pollution, although young trees may be difficult to transplant and establish.

Ornamental Characteristics: Long, toothed leaves have a beautiful wavy margin and a whitish underside; showy, yellow fall color; branches grow mostly upright or horizontal and will not droop; bark is a bold, scaly gray. Acorns are one-half inches in length with a scaly cap. It may take 20 years to bear the first crop. Landscape uses: Shade tree, street and parking islands, large landscapes [2].

Chinquapin Oak Tree

Chinkapin oak is sometimes called yellow chestnut oak, rock oak, or yellow oak. Its heavy wood makes excellent fuel. The acorns are sweet and are eaten by several kinds of animals and birds.

Chinkapin oak is rarely a predominant tree, but it grows in association with many other species, including white oak (Quercus alba), black oak (Q. uelutina), northern red oak (Q. rubra), scarlet oak (Q. coccinea), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), red maple (A. rubrum), hickories (Carya spp.), black cherry (Prunus serotina), cucumbertree (Magnolia acuminata), white ash (Fraxinus americana), American basswood (Tilia americana), black walnut (Juglans nigra), butternut (J. cinerea), and yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera).

Chinkapin Oak Bark
Chinkapin Oak Bark


  1. Angela C. Eichem, Wtitleer K. Dodds, Cathy M. Tate, and Chris Edler Division of Biology,
    Kansas State University, “Microbial Decomposition of Elm and Oak Leaves in a Karst Aquifer”
  2. Ivan L. Sander, USDA U.S. Forest Service, Silvics Manual Volume 2 – Hardwoods “Chinkapin Oak”
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