If Trees Could Sing

Tim O'Brien & the Chinkapin Oak

Tim O'Brien talks about the chinkapin oak and the benefits that trees provide us.


Chinkapin Oak Leaf

Chinkapin oak leaves are serrated with "teeth" on the edges.

Chinkapin Oak Bark

Chinkapin oak bark is gray and breaks into thin flakes in older trees.

The chinkapin oak's acorns are attached close to the twig and are a favorite food of turkey, deer, squirrels and black bears. The acorns turn black when mature.

Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien has captivated fans in bluegrass, country, Celtic and acoustic music with his songwriting, singing and prowess on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. His songs have been recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Kathy Mattea and Nickel Creek, while his musical collaborators have ranged from rocker Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits to Irish music icons the Chieftans. He has twice been honored as Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and he won a Grammy for his album Fiddler’s Green. His work in the band the Earls of Leicester brought him another Grammy nomination in 2014. In 2017, he released his sixteenth solo album, Where the River Meets the Road.

Chinkapin Oak Facts

  • Scientific name: Quercus muehlenbergii
  • Other names: chestnut oak, yellow oak, chinquapin oak
  • Range: across the East and Midwest, except for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts
  • Height: up to 80 feet tall
  • Fruit: oval acorns, 1.25" long, turning black when mature
  • Fall colors: leaves turn shades of yellow, yellow-orange and brown

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