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Common Name:

Chinkapin Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus muehlenbergii

Family Name:



Chinkapin Oak is an overlooked medium to large deciduous shade tree suitable for use in much of Texas. It is native to portions of Texas and can tolerate a range of soils and exposures including those of limestone origin. Seldom troubled by diseases or pests.

Plant Habit or Use:

Medium tree, large tree



Flower Color:

Green, monoecious, males in catkins

Blooming Period:


Fruit Characteristics:



50 ft to 60 ft


50 ft to 60 ft

Earth–Kind® Index:

  • Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
  • Water Requirements: Low Water Use
  • Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
  • Pest Tolerance: High Pest Resistance
  • Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown

Firewise Index

Explanation of the Firewise Index numerical value

USDA Hardiness Zones:

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains Region B - North and Central Texas Region C - Northeast and East Texas Region D - West Texas Region E - Upper Rio Grande Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast Region G - Southeast Texas Region H - Rio Grande Valley
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Additional Comments:

Tree destine to increase in popularity; good for the Panhandle region.
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A Special Note about Cool Season Annuals

Cool season annuals typically are planted in the fall or early winter and flower in early spring under moderate temperatures. This group of plant materials includes: pansies, snapdragons, violas, dianthus, flowering cabbage/kale, etc. Because cool season annuals flower in the spring when conditions are mild, most have limited heat tolerance.

As a result cool season annuals do not receive a high Earth–Kind® index despite their outstanding landscape qualities.