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Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)

Also known as chinkapin oak; also classified as Quercus muhlenbergii.

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Summary

An oak of the white oak group, native to eastern North America, and visually similar to the chestnut oak. Prefers dry sites with limestone soils.

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This tentative map is based on the FHWA's ERA. This data lacks information on Canada, but also overestimates native ranges, especially around the edges, as this post explains. We have not yet reviewed or fixed this map.

USDA Plants Profile for Quercus muehlenbergii

Illinois Wildflowers Page for Quercus muehlenbergii

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) Article for Quercus muehlenbergii

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Habitat

Found on dry, rocky sites, particularly on limestone soils. Can be found growing in rich forests, forest margins, and, in the upper midwest, in open savannahs. Although it is most common on calcareous soils, it can be found on acidic sites as well.

Can be a stable climax species both on dry, limestone-rich sites, and in open savannahs where its dominance is maintained by fire. On richer sites not prone to fire, usually replaced by more shade-tolerant species.