Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla (Giant Chinkapin, Golden Chinkapin)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Fagaceae Beech family


 Chrysolepis Hjelmquist chinquapin


 Chrysolepis chrysophylla (Douglas ex Hook.) Hjelmqvist giant chinquapin


 Chrysolepis chrysophylla (Douglas ex Hook.) Hjelmqvist var. chrysophylla giant chinquapin

Over time, Chinkapin can become quite large but is slow growing, so expect it to remain smaller making it a great under-story tree. They are found at the edge of the forest where light is filtered.

It is a broadleaf evergreen tree with long thin dark glossy leaves that are golden underneath.

After two years, Chinkapin will produce creamy catkin like flowers followed by a nut in a spiny outer casing.

The smooth young bark is eventually replaced with rough reddish plated bark.

Found at low to middle elevations between the coast and Cascade Mountains from southern Washington down through northern California USDA zones 8-9.


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