Leaf Identification

The leaves of the Chinkapin Oak are narrowly oblong with dentated to undulated lobes. They are typically 4″ to 7″ long, and the venation is pinnate. They are usually dark green but turn yellow in the fall.

Twig and Bud Identification

The twig of the Chinkapin Oak is orangish-brown. They have multiple terminal buds, and each bud has many scales.

Bark Identification

The Chinkapin Oak has rough, grayish-tan bark that is unusually flaky. it is also fissured and broken into squares.

Fruit Identification

The fruit is 1/2″ to 1″ long acorn. It is typically broadest around the middle, and the cap covers about a third of the acorn. It forms a tattered fringe on the margin of the cap.

Flower Identification

The male flowers of the Chinkapin Oak are 3″ and 4″ long, yellow-green catkins. The females are green to reddish and very small spikes. They tend to cluster in the leaf axils.

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