The Chinkapin Oak is a type of oak that won’t be instantly familiar to you, but it is in the white oak genus and is a particularly good tree sample to think about planting in your yard if you are looking for a beautiful shade tree with tons of benefits.
So named for the Algonquian tribe’s word for the acorn nut chinquapin, produced by this tree,the Chinkapin, is an attractive shade tree specimen of medium size (around 40 feet tall) that has not been given the hype it is due here in southeast Texas. This tree sometimes goes by Chinquapin instead of Chinkapin.
It offers a suprising dash of color in the spring, with its foliage first emerging a reddish colour and then deepening to a rich, dark green as it continues through late spring and summer. Depending on rainfall, the tree’s leafage can also offer lovely hues of yellow and orange for your autumnal landscape show.
Optimal for Many Conditions
This tree is an particularly good fit for urban and suburban lawns, and can flourish in a large range of conditions. These specimens of trees perform nicely in hot and cold weather, and are tolerant of heat spells and drought.
They also handle a wide pH that goes from alkaline to acidic soil. While this tree has been known to occasionally contract oak wilt, on the whole, this tree is very resistant to this dreaded illness. This is basically thanks to the fact that the tree can tolerate decay caused by any injury or damage, which is a pleasant little talent this variety of oak has.
It’s also pest tolerant. On the whole, it is a particularly robust tree. The only possible concern is that this variety of oak, while putting up with wet soil, needs soil that drains well. It is a shade tree and desires full vulnerability to the sun.
Attractive to Local Animal Life
Perhaps the best feature about the tree is how naturally it accustoms to your local animal life. Both birds and tree squirrels are partial to the sweet acorns produced by the oak.
As with may other sorts of oak, this tree is host to two varieties of butterflies: the gray hairstreak and the Horace’s Duskywing.
Once this tree is established, it is going to be a low-maintenance addition to your vista, and can even suit you to be the center-piece of your yard. Apply tender care to proper planting of your young tree. This includes proper depth of planting, irrigation, mulching, and weed suppression around the ball.
Additionally , ensure that the tree is a product of an acorn picked up by a tree adapted to your neighborhood. This could further guarantee your oak will have the best changes of thriving.