Dwarf Chinkapin Oak

Quercus prinoides


Out of stock

Spring 2023 Shipping Season

Shipping Schedule:

Plant Zones 9-8: Late January-February
Plant Zones 8-7: February-March
Plant Zones 6-5: April– early May


For more information see the Ordering & Shipping section below.

Dwarf Chinkapin Oak forms a shrub or small tree usually not more than 20 feet tall. It can produce its first crop of acorns at 3-5 years of age. Dwarf Chinquapins is one of the best native shrub oaks. Unlike many oaks, once it starts bearing, it has a good crop almost every year. It’s acorns are also less bitter and more palatable to wildlife than most other oaks. Acorns are a food source for many bird species. Oaks are also the primary host choice for many species of North American butterflies and moths. 

Normally found on dry rocky soils associated with oak-pine type forests. Suitable pH- acid, neutral and basik (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or full sun. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Height 8-15'
Spread 10-15'
Tree Form Central Leader
USDA Zone 5 - 8
Blooms April to May Nuts ripen in October
Drops Nuts October
Soil Sandy, moist - dry, well drained.
Soil pH 5.5 - 7.0
Light Requirements Full sun to semi-shade
Pollination Requires pollinator
Suggested Pollinators White Oak, Swamp White Oak, Sawtooth Oak

Spacing 50' - 60'
Pruning Oaks require minimal pruning. Pruning consists of the removal of dead, diseased, or damaged branches, maintaining size (width) within your landscape
Fertilization Do not fertilize at planting. Once the trees are established, fertilize in early spring (Mar-April) as growth begins. Do not fertilize in the fall, which could promote late season tender growth that can be damaged by early frosts.
Watering Newly planted trees should be watered regularly. This is the most critical step in the establishment of your new trees. Please see the Watering section under "How to plant and grow" in our Learning Center.

At Chestnut Hill Outdoors, we’ve been shipping mail order trees for over 30 years. We’re experts at delivering healthy trees to your doorstep. All of our trees are container grown in root-enhancing pots, ensuring healthy root systems and much better success upon planting. 

In Spring we ship bare-root, dormant trees. All plants are dipped in a root gel before shipping and wrapped in plastic to retain moisture.

Spring: All trees are shipped bare-root.
Fall: All trees are shipped in containers.

Size shipped: 8 – 24 inches

For more information, visit our Ordering & Shipping Page.

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