Quercus prinus
chestnut oak

Quercus prinus

Quercus prinus
Quercus prinus

Quercus prinus
Top photo USDA; bottom photo courtesy Renee Brecht;
Britton & Brown; bottom USDA
Botanical name: Quercus prinus
Common name: chestnut oak
Group: dicot
Family: Fagaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 80'
Leaves: alternate, simple, crenate margin
Flowering time: monoecious; yellow green male catkins, reddish female flowers appearing as spikes
Habitat: bloom early to mid May; fruit matures September to November of the first year
Range in New Jersey: poor, often dry rocky ground, also in richer moister soils
Heritage ranking, if any: statewide, only local in the Pine barrens (Hough)