Dwarf Chinquapin Oak (Quercus prinoides)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Flowers: Green/Brown

Attributes: Butterfly host plant, Walnut tolerant, Drought tolerant

Height: 10 m (32 ft)


The dwarf oak is a small tree that gets its name from its leaves, which resemble those of a chestnut tree (chinquapin means chestnut-like). It can be used as a combination landscaping and wildlife plant. It is small enough and attractive enough to put into borders and gardens, where its leaves can turn a blazing orange-red before dropping in autumn. It can also be incorporated into a semi-wild area, where a grouping of several plants can quickly create an excellent wildlife habitat. Because it is rare in Ontario, it should not be planted in the wild.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Trees & Shrubs website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

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