Yellow Chestnut Oak

Quercus muehlenbergii Fagaceae

Other names

Yellow Oak, Chestnut Oak, Mountain Chestnut Oak, Rock Chestnut Oak, Rock Oak

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

VT to VA, West to NE, TX and Mexico


Peterson Oak Grove, Schnee Oak Collection, Hillside Garden

Source of plant

Doug Goldman, Anna Forester, Guy Sternberg, Plant Collections Consortium, KY , US National Arboretum, University of Guelph Arboretum, Forrest Keeling Nursery, F. Robert Wesley, Ruth Nix


Weakly rounded in youth but of dapper outline; with maturity developing an open, rounded crown; reaches 40' to 50' in height under landscape conditions, but can, and often does, reach 70' to 80' in the wild; spread usually exceeds height at maturity. Fall color varies from yellow to orangish-brown to brown.

USDA Hardiness Zone