Quercus muehlenbergii

chinquapin oak


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 40-60 (70) ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous


Recommended Uses: Shade tree.
Considerations: Fallen/falling acorns can be a maintenance issue.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Calcareous but adaptable


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
  • Acorns appreciated by squirrels, deer, turkey and other wildlife
  • Used by birds for resting and nesting
  • Larval host for gray hairstreak butterfly
Native Habitats: Mesic calcareous hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Acorns (nuts) are said to be edible after tannins are leached or boiled out. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gives a recipe

Other Comments:

The range of this species barely makes it into north Florida but extends north to southern Canada.