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.