Chinkapin, Chinquapin Castanea pumila ashei - Castanea ashei

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Botanical Name:

Castanea pumila ashei

Family:

Fagaceae

Genus:

Castanea

Species:

pumila

Variety:

ashei

Common Name:

Chinkapin, Chinquapin

Height:
10-12 feet

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Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a spreading shrub or small tree, reaching 2–8 m in height at maturity.
* It is very acceptable raw and has a superior flavour to sweet chestnuts (C. sativa).
* When baked it becomes even sweeter and develops a floury texture, it makes an excellent potato or cereal substitute. more...
* It grows best on well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade.
* Native Americans made an infusion of chinkapin leaves to relieve headaches and fevers. more...
Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov