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Allegheny Chinquapin seeds sent to Arkansas

Germinating chinquapin seeds in cold storage.

Chinquapins have one nut per bur.

Allegheny chinquapin trees produce copious numbers of burs.

A row of about 100 Allegheny chinquapin trees at the Mason County, WV site.

Clusters of Allegheny chinquapin burs.

Allegheny chinquapin (Castanea pumila) seeds from the Clements Tree Nursery in Mason, WV were sent to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove Arkansas.  There are about 200 chinquapin trees at the Mason County site, and a small bag-full of germinating nuts were sent to Susan Atkins, Park Superintendent.  The Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park has many Ozark chinquapins (C. ozarkensis) and Susan wanted some C. pumila nuts.  As seen in the photos, chinquapins bear only one nut per bur.

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