Giant Evergreen-chinquapin Castanopsis chrysophylla

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Botanical Name:

Castanopsis chrysophylla

Family:

FAGACEAE

Genus:

Castanopsis

Species:

chrysophylla

Common Name:

Giant Evergreen-chinquapin

Height:
80-90 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
7

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Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.

Giant chinkapin (Castanopsis chrysophylla), also called golden chinkapin, giant evergreen-chinkapin, and goldenleaf chestnut, is an interesting hardwood species in a landscape dominated by coniferous forests. Over much of its range, giant chinkapin shows several growth forms; it grows in a wide variety of habitats but is rarely a dominant component of any stand. In certain portions of its range, it can be an undesirable competitor of commercial species during early stages of stand development. Ecologically and taxonomically, it remains a poorly understood species.

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