Quercus chapmanii

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Chapman's Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:3-15 ft tall.  Has multiple stems forming thickets.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Acorns mature in one season.
Noted for:Fall color


Recommended Uses:This is a small clonal oak that can be used in a thicket as a screen.
Propagation:Seed or by division of underground stems.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



  • Valued by the Florida scrub-jay for its acorns which are relatively low in tanins
  • Used by woodpeckers and wild turkey
  • Valued by squirrels and other mammals including white tailed deer


Larval host plant for Horace's duskywing Erynnis horatius), Juvenal's duskywing (Erynnis juvenalois), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies; possible larval host fof oak hairstreak (Fixsenia favonius).

Native Habitats:Scrub, dunes, scrubby flatwoods, scrubby high pine.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures