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.
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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
You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Chinkapin Oak
- Plant in late fall or winter when the tree is dormant, unless the ground is frozen. Here are tree planting instructions.
- Allow plenty of room for the tree to mature and grow.
- Water it regularly in its first three years.
- Spread mulch around the base of the tree. Here are tree care instructions.
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