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Historic Range

1941 Map

NOTE: Not until after the 1930's-1940's (in some books as late as the 1960's) does the term "Ozark Chinquapin" (Ozarkensis Castanea) become commonly referred to in tree books. Prior to these dates tree book authors lumped them together with the Allegheny and made special notations about incredible large Allegheny chinquapins that grew in Arkansas and in Southern Missouri;

"……nuts sometimes to be seen in the markets of towns in our South. In that region it is useless as a timber, being indeed little more than a shrub, but west of the Mississippi it seems to be inspired by a new ambition and reaches heights up to 50 feet, with a diameter of two or three feet." A Natural History of Trees, Donald Culross Peattie, page 191, copyright 1948-1950

MAP SOURCE: How To Know The Trees, H.E. Jaques, page 52, copyright 1941-1946


1907 MAP SOURCE: Handbook Of The Northern States And Canada East Of The Rocky Mountains, Romeyn Beck Hough, page 137, copyright 1907

1988 MAP SOURCE: Trees Of Southeastern United States, Wilbur H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan, page 234, Copyright 1988 "Ozark Chinquapin, Castanea ozarkensis Ashe, Shrubs or trees formerly to 20 m. tall by 1.2 m DBH."


OTHER BOOK SOURCES SPECIFICALLY LISTING RANGE AND SIZE OF OZARK CHINQUAPIN
(Castanea ozarkensis):

Allegheny Chiquapin Distribution: "In Arkansas, southern Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma replaced by Castanea ozarkensis Ashe." Manual Of Trees Of North America, Charles Sprague Sargent, page 233, Copyright 1965

Ozark Chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis Ashe…… "Height to 65'. Flowers June. Dry woods; s. Missouri and Oklahoma to Mississippi and Louisiana." A Field Guide To Trees and Shrubs, George A. Petrides, page 265, Copyright 1958

Ozark Chinkapin, Castasnea ozarkensis Ashe. "This small tree is found on the Ozark-Ouachita plateau, in southern Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and on the adjacent costal plain." Guide to Southern Trees, Ellwood S. Harrar, page 173, Copyright 1946, 1962

Ozark chinquapin, Castanea ozarkensis Ashe…….. "Height 65'. Flowers June. Dry woods; s. Missouri and Oklahoma to Mississippi and Louisiana." A Field Guide To Trees and Shrubs, George A. Petrides, page 345, Copyright 1958

Castanea ozarkensis Ashe. "Tree up to 20 m. tall, sometimes with several stems from a common base, the trunk sometimes 1 m. in diameter, the bark furrowed, Woods, rocky slopes, and stream-banks, Ozark-Ouachita Plateau and adj. Costal Plain, Miss. To La., Okla., and S Mo. " Manual Of Southeastern Flora, John Kundall Small, Copyright 1933