Quercus muehlenbergii (Chinkapin Oak)

(Chinkapin Oak)

Size Price
25-GALLON $179.99

Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b

Quick Overview:

Quercus muehlenbergii, commonly called Chinkapin (or Chinquapin) oak, is a medium sized deciduous oak of the white oak group that typically grows 40-60’ (less frequently to 80’) tall with an open globular crown. It is native to central and eastern North America where it is typically found on dry upland sites often in rocky, alkaline soils.  Leaves somewhat resemble the leaves of chestnut (Castanea) whose nut is sometimes called a chinquapin, hence the common name of this oak whose acorn is sweet and edible. Also sometimes commonly called yellow chestnut oak.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)



Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Although it primarily grows in dry, rocky soils in the wild, it seems to prefer moist fertile loams in cultivation. Relatively good drought tolerance. May take up to 30 years for this tree to bear a first crop of acorns.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Botanical Name

Quercus muehlenbergii

Common Name

Chinkapin Oak

Evergreen or Deciduous


Fall Color

Some yellow

Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b


40 to 60 ft.



Light Requirements

Full Sun

Water Needs


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