Is there any difference between chinkapin oak and pin oak?
Richard Jones: There are between 250 and 450 oaks in the Quercusgenus. Taxonomists find it hard to agree on the exact number. It’s too big a question to answer here, but there are certainly differences. Chinkapin oak is Quercus muehlenbergii, and pin oak is Quercus palustris. Try popping those Latin names into a search engine for some comparative notes.