There is some debate among botanists, foresters and nurserymen about whether this plant is actually Q. muehlenbergii growing under very hard conditions causing the dwarfish characteristics. We have both species in our field, and this species has notab ... le differences, leading us to believe that it is an actual species. It likes drier sites in full sun. The fall color is a reddish mix very much like its bigger brother, but the acorns look squashed. A nice addition to a sunny, dry border planting, or if you’re looking for a unique plant.