Native Plant: Golden Chinkapin

Common Name: Golden Chinkapin (or Chinquapin)

Photo of  Golden Chinkapin

Binomial Name: Chrysolepis chrysophylla

Soil Type: Dry

Sunlight: Part shade toPart sun

Form/Growth: Can vary in size from small shrub to 150’ tree

Plant Type: Tree orshrub

Foliage: Leathery,evergreen leaves.

Flowering: Yes.

Unique in several ways,the Golden Chinquapin is an especially beautiful part of the Pacific Northwestecosystem. This broadleaf evergreen can be found up and down the west coastfrom central California and up into southern Washington. It favors soil typesthat are often found in redwood and pine forests, and you’ll often find theleathery leaves of the Chinquapin growing right alongside coast redwoods,madrone trees, and coastal varieties of pine.

The Chinquapin can be easily identified by itssingular appearance. It can appear to be a small shrub, or a 150’ giant,depending on conditions. Its long, shiny leaves are dark green on top withyellow “scales” underneath. Its fruit grows in bunches, and are spiny with 1-2triangular nuts. The bark is ridged with deep furrows up and down.

Chinquapin wood is known to hobby woodworkers asparticularly sturdy and desirable. If these trees grew in large monoculturalswaths, they would likely be heavily logged for construction material.