All rights reserved. These oaks are difficult to transplant once established. Haven't planted the species myself, but have seen it growing wild in parts of MI. USDA Hardiness Zone. The dwarf chinkapin oak (Quercus prinoides) is also known as scrub chestnut oak, a small shrub that grows 2 to 10 feet (maximum 18 feet), with a trunk diameter of 1 to 4 inches (maximum 10 feet). This Quercus prinoides is commonly called the Dwarf Chinkapin Oak and is in the plant family Fagaceae. Browse pictures and read growth / cultivation information about Dwarf Chestnut Oak, Dwarf Chinkapin Oak (Quercus prinoides) supplied by member gardeners in the PlantFiles database at Dave's Garden. Can Produce In: 3-8 Years It begins producing acorns at a young age, often when only three or four years old. The range extends from Maine to Nebraska and south to North Carolina and Texas. Quercus prinoides is a deciduous Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft 1in). It can live and thrive on sandy ground and shale ground, acid soils where other trees struggle. Crop Abundance:Heavy for it’s size. Maintenance Tips: All oaks are susceptible to Two-Lined Chestnut Borer during the establishment period after planting. Browse pictures and read growth / cultivation information about Dwarf Chestnut Oak, Dwarf Chinkapin Oak (Quercus prinoides) supplied by member gardeners in the PlantFiles database at Dave's Garden. Dwarf Chinkapin Oak, Quercus prinoides, is a dwarf version of the Chinkapin White Oak, Quercus muehlenbergii. Dwarf Chinkapin Oak Leaves - Photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org Height: Varies with species. Dwarf Chinkapin Oak Bark - Photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org, Dwarf Chinkapin Oak Fruit - Photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org, Dwarf Chinkapin Oak Leaf - Photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, ISU Extension and Outreach Here is a link that might be useful: dwarf chinkapin oak (from iowawhitetail.com) Full Sun. The bark is thin, light brown, and scaly. Apply a systemic insecticide containing imidacloprid to Chinkapin Oak when planting to protect the tree from this insect. Sulfur-yellow catkins in spring. Small chinkapin oaks can be confused with dwarf chinkapin oak (Quercus prinoides); dwarf chinkapin oak has smaller leaves with 3 to 7 pairs of veins and teeth and shorter petioles. Often maturing between 50 to 75 feet tall. It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. Growth Rate: Slow but worth the wait. One and two-year potted plants must be shipped in boxes of 10 “EXACTLY” 10-20-30-40 etc. Ames, IA 50011, Iowa State University | PoliciesState & National Extension Partners. Boxes require all 1-2 year potted plants combined to equal 10. In prairie regions it is found on sandy and gravelly moraines. The Dwarf Chinkapin is adapted to difficult growing conditions. The Ozark Chinquapin has unique requirements for optimum growth. Seedlings can be shipped in any quantities. Site Requirements: Best growth in moist, well-drained soils. Oikos grows it and claims it produces acorns at an early age. The twigs and bids resemble swamp oak, but smaller, and a light orange-brown to red-brown color. Its acorns are also less bitter and more palatable to wildlife than those of most other oaks. It is sometimes thought of as a “weed tree,” but it may be useful to bind soil along roadsides and rocky slopes. It can be found in dry rocky or sandy soils along roadsides, hillside pastures, and barren slopes. 339 Science II Sun Preference. This Quercus prinoides is commonly called the Dwarf Chinkapin Oak and is in the plant family Fagaceae. Good for browse but not acorn production. Growing Preferences. Faunal Associations: The Obscure Scale (Melanaspis obscura) has been found on the bark of Dwarf Chinkapin Oak (Quercus prinoides), while larvae of the Round Bullet Gall Wasp (Disholcaspis quercusglobulus) form galls on the branches of this oak and larvae of other gall wasps (Cynipidae) form galls on its buds (ScaleNet, 2014; Bassett, 1881).). Chinkapin oak is usually a tree, but occasionally shrubby, while dwarf chinkapin oak is a low-growing, clone-forming shrub. Dry. It is also found on well-drained stream terraces, dry pinelands, and disturbed sites such as railroad rights- Low. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen in October. My first experience with them was that they were so small why bother BUT  in 3-4 years when these are 4-5′ tall and producing acorns, you will fall in love the same way I did. Acorns are small but very sweet and are preferred by many animals especially turkeys and whitetails. Specialization: Bushy Note: This oak is notoriously small, usually seedlings run 3-6″, Seedling Select 6-8″ one year potted 12″ or less. I love that most will carry their leaves through the winter making great late season screening and non-conifer wind breaks. Welcome to the Austin Peay Arboretum. * The acorns of dwarf chinkapin oak are sweet tasting and relished by humans and many kinds of wildlife. Growing a chinkapin oak tree is easier if you start the young tree in its permanent site. Unlike many trees the Ozark Chinquapin nut puts down a taproot in the fall of the year similar to what a white oak acorn does in the fall. Dwarf Chinkapin Oak, Quercus prinoides, is a dwarf version of the Chinkapin White Oak, Quercus muehlenbergii. It's supposed to be very good for deer and other wildlife - see link. Soil Moisture: Well drained to slightly moist. * The dwarf chinkapin oak is a large, clonally spreading deciduous shrub or very small tree that typically only grows to 13-20 feet (4-6 m) tall and 13-20 feet (4-6 m) wide. It grows on black sandy dunes in the Carolinas, but not on frontal dunes. Acorns are very difficult to collect because even though these bushes get loaded with acorns everything loves them, making them one of the first oaks we sell out of every year. Plant chinkpin in a location with full sun and well-draining soil. The species prefers moist, fertile soils, but tolerates many different types of soil. Zone: 2-8 Soil Type: Wide Range. Capable of growing upwards of 100 feet. Please call the Nursery when ordering 3 years and older plants for custom quote freight prices. Soil. Wildlife Habitat Programs and Consultation. Dwarf Chinkapin Oak is one of the best native shrub oaks. Chinkapin Oak is the larval host for the Gray Hairstreak. The Dwarf Chinkapin is adapted to difficult growing conditions. It can live and thrive on sandy ground and shale ground, acid soils where other trees struggle. : Chinkapin occurs in mixed hardwood forests among pine and oak trees on high ridges and slopes that are free from limestone. This is due to box size related issues when packing out your order. Adaptable to adverse soil conditions. Dwarf Chinkapin is a shrubby/bush to small tree form oak that produces acorns in three to five years from a seedling and it’s usually just 3 making it one of the fastest acorn producing oaks you can grow. In prairie regions it is found on sandy and gravelly moraines. Shipping plants with the containers they grew in, soil and all is very tricky plant material to ship. I'm not confident about the number of oak sprouts I have in this TSI area and I know they will be slow growing. Seed Stratification: No stratification period is needed. Width: 40 to 70 feet; varies with species. Dwarf Chinkapin Oak Leaves - Photo by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org, Habitat: Found on dry ridges and rocky bluffs, Hardiness: Varies with the species of oak tree, ranging from zone 3 to zone 9. Three-year-old and older plants ship in much bigger boxes, to big for FedEx or UPS and must be shipped on pallets. AboutDwarf Chinkapin: This might be my favorite oak but certainly one of my favorites! The acorn cup is 3/8 to 7/8 inches across, tight scaled, and oval shaped – it produces copious amounts of sweet-kernel acorn which is a valuable source of calories for wildlife. Seedlings can’t be combined to meet quantities of 10 potted plants. The dwarf chinkapin oak (Quercus prinoides) is also known as scrub chestnut oak, a small shrub that grows 2 to 10 feet (maximum 18 feet), with a trunk diameter of 1 to 4 inches (maximum 10 feet).It is sometimes thought of as a “weed tree,” but it may be useful to bind soil along roadsides and rocky slopes. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Wind. Additional Chinkapin Oak Information. Unlike many oaks, once it starts bearing, it has a good crop almost every year. The leaves are small, 2 to 5 inches, 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches wide, sharp toothed, 3 to 7 pairs of teeth along the margin, obovate outline, dark yellow-green on the top and paler with gray downy hair beneath. Because of this seed collected in the fall of the year … Water. These small oak bushes are Ideal for planting around food plots and fruit trees as they will never get big enough to shade them out. 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