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Quercus muehlenbergii | New Mexico

The story of Chinkapin Oak, Quercus muehlenbergii, features one of the most interesting twists in North American horticulture. Chinkapin Oak is one of the most widely, though thinly, distributed of the oaks of the US. The vast majority of the trees can be found east of the Missouri River, with only a small number of trees found in several disjunct areas many hundreds of miles west of the western edge of the primary range. Here you can see leaves and acorns from probably the rarest of all the ecotypes, from the Capitan Mountains in New Mexico. The word Mule on the bag is simply shorthand for Quercus muehlenbergii.

 

Dave Muffly