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.
|Latin Name||Quercus muehlenbergii|
|Type||Native, Historic, Shade|
|Color of Leaf||Dark green, yellow fall color|
|Shape of Leaf||Narrowly oblong, broad middle, wedge shaped base, tip short point|
|Color of Flower||Green & red|
|Shape of Flower||
Male Flower—Catkins 1″ to 2″ long.
|Shape of Bark||Grayish-tan, rough & flaky, fissured & broken into squares|
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.