Quercus muehlenbergii

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Chinquapin Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:40-60 (70) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:-


Recommended Uses:Shade tree.
Considerations:Fallen/falling acorns can be a maintenance issue.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam
Soil pH:Calcareous but adaptable



  • Acorns appreciated by squirrels, deer, turkey and other wildlife
  • Used by birds for resting and nesting
  • Larval host for gray hairstreak butterfly


Larval host for the white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album).

Native Habitats:Mesic calcareous hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Acorns (nuts) are said to be edible after tannins are leached or boiled out. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gives a recipe
General Comments:The range of this species barely makes it into north Florida but extends north to southern Canada.