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Fagaceae -- Beech family

    Arthur McKee

    Giant chinkapin (Castanopsis chrysophylla), also called  golden chinkapin, giant evergreen-chinkapin, and goldenleaf  chestnut, is an interesting hardwood species in a landscape  dominated by coniferous forests. Over much of its range, giant  chinkapin shows several growth forms; it grows in a wide variety  of habitats but is rarely a dominant component of any stand. In  certain portions of its range, it can be an undesirable  competitor of commercial species during early stages of stand  development. Ecologically and taxonomically, it remains a poorly  understood species.

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Arthur McKee

Source: Silvics of North America

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