Golden Chinkapin - Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla
A tall tree, reaching 100 feet in good habitat, Golden Chinkapin is a west coast species, most common in the forests of southwestern Oregon and northern coastal California. There it grows at elevations up to 6,500 feet. The bark is grooved and the trunk is often fluted. The evergreen, 6-inch long leaves are lance-shaped with a pointed tip, leathery, and shiny green above. Beneath the leaves are golden-toned from pale hairs. The male flower is an erect catkin, and the female flower is tiny. The fruits are burlike with prickles, and the 1/2-inch nut is glossy.