Chinkapin Oak

Quercus muehlenbergii
Size: #5
40-60 feet high x 50-70 feet wide
Zone 4
Full Sun

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Want an oak that tolerates alkaline soils? The Chinkapin Oak is your choice. 

This medium-sized oak provides abundant shade in the summer and strikingly beautiful yellow-orange fall foliage. The Chinkapin is incredibly adaptable and grows well in a wide range of soil types (clay, loam, moist, dry, sandy, well-drained, or wet soil). It has demonstrated a strong ability to survive harsh winters. The small, sweet acorns are a favorite for all types of wildlife. 

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.