Chrysolepis chrysophylla (Douglas ex Hook.) Hjelmqvist
Giant Chinquapin, Golden Chinkapin
Fagaceae (Beech Family)
USDA Symbol: CHCH7
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
DistributionUSA: 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 forests. Shrub variety on dry ridges in chaparral and Knobcone Pine forests.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Chrysolepis chrysophylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chrysolepis chrysophylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chrysolepis chrysophylla
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff