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Chinquapin Oak – Quercus muelenbergii

Tree with narrow, rounded crown; characteristic of limestone uplands.

Height: 50-80’ / Diameter: 2-3’

Leaves: 4-6” long; narrowly elliptical to obovate; pointed at tip; narrowed at base; shiny green above, whitish-green and covered with tiny hairs beneath; turning brown or red in autumn. Bark: light gray; thin, fissured and scaly. Acorns: ½ to 1” long, egg-shaped; maturing first year.

Habitat: Mostly on limestone outcrops in alkaline soils, including dry bluffs and rocky river banks; often with other oaks. Range: S. Ontario south to NW Florida, west to central Texas.

 

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