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Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla
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Golden Chinquapin
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Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla

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About Golden Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla) Golden Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla) is a native tree or shrub that grows in central and northern California. It is moderately fast growing and long-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 100 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are yellow and bloom in the mid spring. Leaves are medium green, and remain on the plant throughout the year. It tends to grow at elevations from 0-6600 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
20 - 100 ft (6.1 - 30.5 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
211' - 6298'

Annual Precip. ?
18.5" - 125.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.39" - 3.82"

Coldest Month ?
37.0° F - 48.7° F

Hottest Month ?
55.9° F - 72.8° F

Humidity ?
0.09 vpd - 20.93 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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