Unique broadleaved trees that are also evergreen. Used to add character to the landscape where a traditional evergreen conifer may not be suitable. Some native broadleaf evergreen trees have the added benefit of attractive foliage, fragrance and blossoms, all while providing cover for birds in the winter. Plant as a year round privacy screen, living fence or specimen.
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An unusual broadleaved evergreen nut tree native to the West Coast. Distantly related to chestnut - in older books the genus is listed as Castanopsis, which means chestnut like. Has a prickly husk containing one to three small, thin shelled, nuts. Very sweet and flavorful. Medium-large, dark green, oval shaped leaves with golden undersides. A tall, narrow, upright grower in the shape of a fir tree. Rather slow growing and can be difficult to establish - which is why it isn't more commonly available. Native from the mountains of Northern California through the Cascades and Coast range of Oregon. In Washington State it is found only in isolated pockets in the Southern Olympic foothills along Hood Canal, in the big Lava Beds area South of Mt. Adams and in the Columbia Gorge. Best on well drained soils. Golden Chinkapin is probably not well adapted beyond its native range. Leaves look like rhododendron, tree shape like pyramidal conifer growing to about 20-70 ft. tall. Zone 6-9.
This is the shrub form of Golden Chinkapin native to the Mountains of Northern California, parts of Nevada and Southern Oregon. The Bush Chinkapin is generally multi-stemmed, 6-12 feet in height. Grows in a more erect form in the sun, wider spreading in the shade. Like Golden Chinkapin, it is a broad leafed evergreen with small, sweet nuts in a spiny husk, taking 2 years to ripen.