312. Dwarf Chestnut Oak

Dwarf Chestnut Oak

Quercus prinoides

Accession 16865*B

The oak collection around you features towering specimens—many of them planted over 100 years ago. Despite its size, this dwarf chestnut oak is among the oldest. The seed that grew into this tree was collected just a few miles away in West Newton, and brought to the Arboretum in 1884. In spring, the oak grows its toothed green leaves and feathery flowers. In fall, it grows acorns less than an inch long. In winter, the tree’s multitude of stems may be observed.