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Chrysolepis sempervirens
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Bush Chinquapin
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Chrysolepis sempervirens

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About Bush Chinquapin (Chrysolepis sempervirens) Bush Chinquapin (Chrysolepis sempervirens) is a native shrub that grows in northern, southern and central California. It is slow growing and moderately long-lived. It grows in a semi-upright form to a height of 7 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are green and bloom in the mid summer. Leaves are medium green, and remain on the plant throughout the year. It tends to grow in rocky slopes, at elevations from 2500-11000 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
9.8 - 7 ft (3 - 2.1 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky slopes

Part Shade

Elevation ?
51' - 14092'

Annual Precip. ?
11.1" - 125.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 4.23"

Coldest Month ?
10.0° F - 54.1° F

Hottest Month ?
33.4° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 23.09 vpd

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

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely 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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