Yosemite and Tioga Pass Area

Bush Chinquapin (Chrysolepis sempervirens) has large green leaves coated underneath with golden-yellow scales. The fruit is a nut with a woody seed coat and a densely burred covering. The burs are soft at this green stage, but quite sharp when they dry. Chinquapin is a small, spreading mountain shrub of western North America and prefers to grow on steep, often south-facing slopes within the coniferous forest up to 12,000'.