Allegheny Chinkapin




Allegheny Chinkapin- Castanea pumila is a small member of the Chestnut family. It is a large shrub or small tree ranging from 6′ to 25′ tall. It is an upland species that does not like wet feet. In Chinkapins, the nuts are usually 1 to the bur. The burs are spiny like Chestnuts and the nuts are smallish but very sweet and tasty. The trees are most often planted for wildlife. The nuts are relished by Deer and Turkeys.

Allegheny Chinkapin seems to have some resistance or tolerance to Chestnut Blight. It has become less common due to forest management practices and grazing.

Late flowering means a crop most every year. Bees love the flowers.

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