Oak, Chinkapin

Oak, Chinkapin

Quercus muehlenbergii

18-24 inch height at sale, bare root

Native to Vermont

Sourced from NY


Can roast acorns. Likes wet sites.

  • Description

    Also known as chinquapin oak. It is a part of the white oak subgenus. It will hybridize with many other species of oak. This species is native to Vermont and it's range extends into Mexico. It can be found in praries, western hardwoods, oak-hickory stands and maple-beech-birch ecosystems. It can grow on a vareity of sites, including dry, rocky sites and shady areas. 


    Chinkapin is utilized as timber, wildlife habitat, site rehabilitation and acorn edibility. 


    In summer, the foliage is dense, growing from a single stem at a moderate rate. At 20 years old the tree is usually around 30 ft tall, and the tree can reach heights above 70 ft. The largest proclaimed chinkapin oak in the US is located in Oley, Pennsylvania, at 87 ft tall, a 22ft girth and an estimated age of at least 500 years. Autumn foliage varies from yellow to orange/brown. 

  • Resources

    Species distribution, management, ecology and more, US Forest Service


    The Sacred Oak of Oley, International Oak Society


    Vermont Big Trees, Parks and Rec


    White Oaks for the North, UVM Extension