Chrysolepis sempervirens

Bush Chinquapin, Dwarf Golden Chinquapin

In Stock: 0.418 lb (Total:0.418lb)
  • Chrysolepis sempervirens

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Seed lots

0.4 lb


Germination test:
Seeds per lb:
0.42 lb
Collected in:
Mt. Ashland, OR
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Looking to add some uniqueness to your garden? Consider the Chrysolepis sempervirens Bush Chinquapin, also known as the Dwarf Golden Chinquapin. This evergreen shrub is not only beautiful but also provides a delightful edible treat. The seeds of this plant can be eaten raw or cooked, and are described as very sweet with a taste similar to a hazelnut.

To thrive, the Chrysolepis sempervirens requires a lime-free soil. It prefers a sheltered semi-shaded position and a light, deep, moist soil. This plant can only be grown in oceanic and Mediterranean climates, but it thrives in Britain. It can tolerate light woodland and requires moist soil.

This shrub is hardy to zone 6 and can grow up to 3 meters in height and 5 meters in width. It is in leaf from January to December and flowers in July. The flowers are monoecious, meaning both male and female flowers can be found on the same plant, and they are pollinated by wind.

In terms of cultivation, the Chrysolepis sempervirens prefers well-drained soil and can grow in both acid and neutral soils, even thriving in very acid soils. It has a slow growth rate and is adaptable to coarse textured soils.

Interested in propagating this plant? The best way to propagate the Chrysolepis sempervirens is through seed sowing in a cold frame as soon as the seed is ripe. The seedlings can then be pricked out into individual pots and grown in a greenhouse for their first winter. They can be planted out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.

This plant is not only ornamental, but it also has potential medicinal uses, though it is important to seek professional advice before using any plant medicinally.

So if you're looking to add a unique touch to your garden and enjoy a sweet treat, the Chrysolepis sempervirens Bush Chinquapin is the perfect choice. Its beauty and delicious seeds are sure to impress both you and your guests.

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