Quercus muehlenbergii (chinkapin oak)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves alternate / clustered, simple, large, lobed with sharp shallow sinuses, looks more toothed than lobed, pinnately veined, acuminate, not bristle tipped and larger than Q. prinoides
  • This is a tall tree with bark similar to alba and macrocarpa
  • Fruit is a small ovoid acorn with a dark ring around the attachment point (when out of the cup), cup is deep and light colored with small, hoary, tomentose scales, like a china cup
  • Shade tolerant (intermediately) and found on alluvial and calcareous sites

Sourced from a field lab in Fall 2011


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