Quercus muehlenbergii

Chinquapin Oak

Fagaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:-

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Shade tree.
Considerations:Fallen/falling acorns can be a maintenance issue.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Seed
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

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

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

Insects:
 
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

Comments

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.