What is a chinkapin tree?

What is a chinkapin tree?

The Chinquapin is a sub-species of the Chestnut family. It grows as a small tree or bush. Chinquapins are delicious eaten right out of the burr in the Fall. Chinquapins have a single nut in the burr, unlike chestnuts that have nut divisions. They are understory trees that grow in our native forests.

How do you identify a chinquapin oak?

Chinkapin oaks are found on dry, limestone outcrops in the wild and perform well in alkaline soils. Its glossy, coarsely-toothed leaves are yellow-green and small compared to most oaks. Young trees retain a pyramidal to oval habit with a pale gray, scaly ridged central trunk.

What is a chinkapin oak look like?

Features simple, oblong to oblong-lanceolate leaves that are dark yellowish green, coarsely toothed and 4–6½” in length. Fall color varies from yellow to orangish-brown to brown. Adapts to many soil conditions. Yields 1″ round acorns that mature in the first year.

Where do Chinkapins grow?

Native habitat: New England to northeastern Mexico on limestone outcrops. Growth habit: Because this tree has a diverse range, its form varies with location. It tends to have an open, rounded crown. Tree size: The chinkapin oak can reach a height of 40 to 50 feet in the landscape and 70 to 80 feet in the wild.

What is a Chinquapin fish?

The redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus), also known as the shellcracker, Georgia bream, cherry gill, chinquapin, improved bream, rouge ear sunfish and sun perch) is a freshwater fish in the family Centrarchidae and is native to the southeastern United States.

Are Chinquapins edible?

Edible Uses Bush Chinquapin has spikey burrs (like chestnuts) which contains delicious shelled nuts (like a pine nut). These nuts can be peeled/cracked and eaten raw or roasted, or made into confections. Their flavor is sweet and rich, perhaps most similar to hazelnuts.

How do you grow a Chinquapin tree?

Select a planting location that is full sun and has well drained soil. Rocky dry poor soil that has a slope is an ideal location. However, the trees can grow in a variety of locations as long as there is good drainage for the root system and sun. The roots cannot tolerate any standing water.

How do you plant a chinquapin oak tree?

The planting hole for the oak tree will need to be twice as wide as the root mass and just deep enough for the tree to be planed at the same depth or slightly higher than it was growing in its container. If you are planting the tree in clay soil, use a hand rake or trowel to scratch up the sides and bottom of the hole.

How do you plant a Chinquapin tree?

Are Chinquapin nuts edible?

How do you catch redear?

It is more difficult to catch Redear than most other sunfish; they don’t take artificial lures but easy take natural baits like earthworms, crickets grass shrimp and especially snails and mollusks. Most fish are taken on fishing telescopic poles with small hooks, corks, and split shot for weight.

What is the difference between a bluegill and a sunfish?

An important difference between the two is that bluegill is found in freshwater, and sunfish are found in saltwater or in the sea. Bluegill is also called bream, while sunfish is also called saltfish or sea sunfish.

What kind of tree is a chinkapin oak?

The chinkapin oak is also commonly referred to as a yellow chestnut oak, rock oak or yellow oak. Early pioneers used its straight wood to make thousands of miles of fences in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

What are the leaves of a chinkapin plant?

The simple leaves are acute, elliptic to obovate, 4.1 to 21.7 cm long, 1.5 to 8.3 cm wide, bright yellowish-green to light green and glabrous above, whitish and densely tomentose beneath. The leaf margins are coarsely serrate and bristle tipped and the petiole is stout and glabrous but can be pubescent.

How many species of chinkapin are there in the world?

Ashe, C. paucispina Ashe, C. arkansana Ashe, and C. alabamensis Ashe. Other taxonomists (Tucker 1975; Johnson 1987, 1988) have reduced most of these taxa to synonymy within C. pumila var. pumila and indicate that the chinkapin is but a single species, C. pumila, comprising two botanical varieties: vars. ozarkensis (Ashe) Tucker and pumila.

What is the nutritional value of a chinkapin?

According to Bailey (1960), C. pumila has been marketed in considerable quantities and for more than two centuries (Woodroof 1979); however, we seldom see mention of chinkapins for sale in any recent state market bulletins. Chinkapins contain 5% fat, 5% protein, 40% starch, and 50% water (Woodroof 1979).