Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


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

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Hamamelididae

Order

 Fagales

Family

 Fagaceae Beech family

Genus

 Chrysolepis Hjelmquist chinquapin

Species

 Chrysolepis chrysophylla (Douglas ex Hook.) Hjelmqvist giant chinquapin

Variety

 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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