Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: average, poor, loam, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, shade tree
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Quercus prinusAlso known as:
rock chestnut oak,
Quercus prinus can easily be distinguished from other oaks by its chestnut-like foliage, hence its common name. Leaves turn yellowish brown in fall and do not provide an exceptional color display.
Adapted to poor, well drained, rocky soil, in higher elevations.
The trunks divide low on the tree, reducing its commercial value as a source for lumber.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: IL, ME
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