Giant Chinkapin

Other Common Names/Trade Names: None.
Scientific Name: Castanopsis chysophylla
Best Single Characteristic for Identification: Single row of earlywood pores. Ring porous with uniserrate rays.
Uses: Limited local lumber use mostly for furniture and cabinets.
General Natural Range: Coastal Mountain Range of Washington, Oregon, and California.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species:: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: American chestnut, black ash
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Chinkapin only has one row of large earlywood pores whereas chestnut has 2-4. Chinkapin has rays which are uniserrate while black ash rays are multi serrate.
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