Chinkapin Oak

Arbor walk #26, Treekeeper ID #1345

This tree lined walkway is part of the historic Landscape of Washington University. The Chinkapin Oak was part of a strategic allee restoration planting in 2016.

Native to the midwest, the Chinkapin Oak can be easily recognized due to its small, yellowish, green toothed leaves. Unlike most oaks, the Chinkapin has unusually flaky, and fissured bark. Although this tree grows best in deep, well drained soil, it may also grow on dry limestone bluffs and hillsides. Also referred to as the Yellow Oak, early settlers used this tree for fencing, and fuel for steamships.

Common NameChinkapin Oak
Latin NameQuercus muehlenbergii
Indigenous Name(s)
Cultivar/Variety 
Commercial Name

Take a Look Around

More about Tree #26:

Where to find Arbor Walk #26

Data on the space around this tree

Data on this tree over time

More about the Chinkapin Oak in general:

How to identify Chinkapin Oak

Relationship of Quercus muehlenbergii to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of Chinkapin Oak

Additional Resources on the Chinkapin Oak