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Chrysolepis sempervirens

Chrysolepis sempervirens (Kellogg) Hjelmqvist

Bush Chinquapin, Sierra Chinquapin, Sierran Chinkapin

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Synonym(s): Castanopsis sempervirens

USDA Symbol: CHSE11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low-spreading, round-topped shrub, 2-7 ft. high, with smooth bark. Oblong leaves are gray-green on top, rusty-gold underneath. Insignificant flowers can be ill-smelling. Burs are chestnut-like.

The Bush Chinkapin can be difficult to distinguish from a shrub variety of the Giant Chinkapin, and the two are known to hybridize in some areas.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun


Native Distribution: N. Coast Ranges, CA to s. OR
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes & ridges; 2500 to 11,000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Gravelly or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Seeds germinate readily when planted in fresh, moist peat. Layering may be successful.
Seed Collection: Nuts mature in the fall of the second year. After being spread out and dried, the burred fruits may open spontaneously. Otherwise spread the burs between thick canvas sheets and trample.
Seed Treatment: Cold stratification does not improve germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Chrysolepis sempervirens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chrysolepis sempervirens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chrysolepis sempervirens


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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