Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)

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Leaves with scalloped edges, not lobed, with very pale undersides; acorns sweet, enclosed by cup about halfway, up to 3/4 inch long; bark gray, scaly or shallowly furrowed; growing east of the Great Plains.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Typically on well drained soil (on ridges, high ground, and so on); often growing with other oaks or with hickories; growing east of the Great Plains.

Stature: 50-70 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with a rounded crown; branches short, climbing upwards.

Leaves: 4-7 inches long; flame-shaped or shaped like lengthened eggs; coarsely toothed; thick; shiny yellowish green above, markedly paler or nearly whitish below.

Bark: Grayish; scaly or shallowly furrowed.

Acorns: Sweet; to 3/4 inch long; enclosed about 1/2 in a hairy cup.

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Quercus muehlenbergii

Quercus muehlenbergii

Quercus muehlenbergii

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