Chinkapin Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus muehlenbergii

Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)

  • Medium size tree up to 60-80 feet tall, usually found on upland limestone soils
  • Leaves are narrow with straight parallel side veins ending with a curved tooth
  • Bark is light gray and scaly, similar to a white oak
  • Acorns ¾ inch long, oval-to-egg shaped with thin cap enclosing half of the acorn
  • Historically of limited commercial value, but wildlife eat the sweet acorns in the fall

Fun Fact: There are nearly 60 species of oak in the United States; pecan saplings were grafted onto small hickory stumps but because pecan trees grew faster than the hickory stumps, it made an odd looking tree


Big Tree Tour on Terry Trail

  • TREE #27 = 24 inch diameter
  • TREE #29 = 26 inch diameter

Continue the Tree Tour!

This tour was created in partnership with:
Land Trust of North Alabama
Society of American Foresters – Mountain Lakes Chapter
U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
Alabama A&M Forestry & Ecology Center