Chinkapin Oak

Common Name: Chinkapin Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus muehlenbergii

Family: Fagaceae

Type: Deciduous

Habitat: Woodlands, Ledges, Slopes

Native: Yes

Height: Up to 60 feet

Light: Full sun 

Soil: Average, Well drained

Other: Mildly toxic

Description: Chinkapin Oak is a native deciduous tree that grows naturally in woodlands and along ledges and slopes in full sun, and can adapt to a variety of soil conditions. Chinkapin Oak can be identified by its glossy, dentated chestnut-like leaves and its shaggy, light gray bark. These photos of a Chinkapin Oak were taken behind the Field House at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.