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Chrysolepis sempervirens - (Kellogg)Hjelmq.

Common Name Dwarf Golden Chinquapin, Bush chinquapin
Family Fagaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Alpine regions of the coastal ranges and the Sierra Nevada[82]. Rocky slopes, chaparral and conifer forest, mostly at high elevations up to 3300 metres, but sometimes down to sea level[270].
Range South-western N. America - California and Oregon.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Chrysolepis sempervirens Dwarf Golden Chinquapin, Bush chinquapin


Gary A. Monroe @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Chrysolepis sempervirens Dwarf Golden Chinquapin, Bush chinquapin
Gary A. Monroe @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Chrysolepis sempervirens is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 5 m (16ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in July. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[257]. Very sweet and much appreciated, tasting somewhat like a hazel nut[183]. The small seed is up to 13mm wide[270].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a lime-free soil[1]. Prefers a sheltered semi-shaded position and a light deep moist soil[1, 11]. Plants can only be grown in oceanic and Mediterranean climates, thriving in Britain[200]. In N. America this plant grows better at low elevations than C. chrysophylla. A specimen at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens is 3.5 metres tall and 6 metres across[11]. A very ornamental shrub[183].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe, the seed must be protected from mice etc[200]. The seed has a short viability and should not be allowed to dry out. If stored overwinter it should be kept cool and moist. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Chrysolepis chrysophyllaGolden Chinquapin, Giant chinquapin20
Quercus chrysolepisLive Oak, Canyon live oak22

 

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