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Chrysolepis chrysophylla (Dougl. ex Hook.) Hjelmqvist
Giant chinquapin, Golden Chinkapin
USDA Symbol: CHCH7
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Evergreen tree with straight trunk, becoming grooved or fluted, and with stout, spreading branches and broad, rounded crown; also a shrub variety.
A handsome tree with a massive trunk, this species attains a large size. The showy, whitish blossoms have a strong odor. The edible nuts, like small chestnuts, borne in small quantities, are usually consumed by chipmunks and ground squirrels.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
CA , OR , WA Native Distribution:
Pacific Coast region from SW. Washington south in Coast Ranges to central California; also local in the Sierra Nevada of central California; to 1500 (457 m); shrub
variety to 6000 (1829 m). Native Habitat:
Gravelly and rocky soils in mountain slopes and canyons in Redwood and evergreen
variety on dry ridges in chaparral and Knobcone Pine forests. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff