More about Chinquapins

Asked April 11, 2019, 4:11 AM EDT

We are in central Texas, about 30 miles NW of Austin, on the edge of the Edward's Plateau, with very alkaline soil. Will edible Chinquapins work here? I have a chinquapin Oak that has done well, but I would like to try the edible nut.

Travis County Texas

1 Response

The chinkapin oak and the chinquapin nut are not closely related. The Chinquapin nut is more closely related to chestnuts, while chinkapin oak is an oak.
Sorry to disappoint, but I don't think it will grow well here. The Lady Bird Johnson website lists it as needing sandy acidic soils. See here for more info: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=capu9