The Chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) belongs to Fagaceae (the Beech family). It is a tall deciduous tree that is distributed throughout much of eastern and central North America. This tree grows on dry, rocky sites, and generally reaches 5-16 m in height. The bark is thin, light gray to silvery, and rough or scaly. The leaves are alternate, coriaceous and variable in shape. The flowers are inconspicuous and bloom in narrow clusters. The fruit is an acorn up to 2.5 cm long and 2 cm wide.