Coefficient of Conservatism:
Coefficient of Wetness:
DWARF CHESTNUT OAK, DWARF CHINQUAPIN OAK
A. A. Reznicek
Dry sandy hills and prairie-like sites.
Sometimes difficult to distinguish from Q. muehlenbergii, which is often considered a variety of it. Collectors who neglect to record the habit of the plant on their label make determination of herbarium specimens difficult. In the field, young plants of Q. muehlenbergii can be easily distinguished by the absence of the woody rhizomes that characterize the colonial Q. prinoides and by the usual absence of fruit, the true shrubby species Q. prinoides fruiting, of course, when quite short, sometimes at only 5 dm. Hybridizes with Q. alba and doubtless with Q. muehlenbergii.