Description from Possibility Place: This unique oak has a very narrow environmental niche in northeastern Illinois. This native tree is found on very shallow soils that overlay limestone. Chinquapin has done well as a street tree because of its tolerance of high pH and drought resistance. It’s leaves are unusual for a white oak in that they are not lobed and have serrated teeth along their margin. This tree is one of the faster growing oaks at two feet to as much as four feet per year. However, when the tree grows four feet taller in one year, the next year it takes a time out and grows side branches. The small, very sweet acorn is highly sought after by wildlife. Bark and structure are very similar to White Oak.
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