Quercus muhlenbergii

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Quercus muhlenbergii
  • COMMON NAME: Yellow Oak/Chinkapin Oak
  • FAMILY: Fagaceae
  • NATIVITY:  Maine to Virginia; often left of the Appalachian mountains
  • GROWTH HABIT: 40-50’ (80’)
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone (4)5 to 7
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Needs calcareous soils, heavy limestone deposits drier, rocky areas and full sun.  
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS: Upland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Fine specimen but no single attractive feature; just nice in old age to have in the landscape
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, oblong-laceolate, small sinus lobes
  • BUDS:  Small, clustered, red and imbricately scaled.
  • BARK:  Reddish-gray and scaled but not deeply furrowed.
  • FRUIT:  Acorn
  • PESTS: None serious
University of Delaware

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