Historic Range


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

1907 map source: Hough, Romeyn Beck. Handbook Of The Northern States And Canada East Of The Rocky Mountains. Page 137, copyright 1907

1988 map source: Wilbur H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan, Trees Of Southeastern United States, page 234, Copyright 1988

Not until after the 1930’s-1940’s (in some books as late as the 1960’s) does the term “Ozark chinquapin” (Castanea ozarkensis) 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. 

In his book, A Natural History of Trees, Donald Culross Peattie writes, “Nuts were 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.”  -page 191, copyright 1948-1950

Book Sourses on Range and Size of Ozark Chinquapin

A Manual Of Trees Of North America by Charles Sprague Sargent, page 233, Copyright 1965     

Allegheny Chiquapin Distribution: “In Arkansas, southern Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma replaced by Castanea ozarkensis Ashe.” 


 A Field Guide To Trees and Shrubs by George A. Petrides, page 265, Copyright 1958 

Speaking of Castanea ozarkensis Ashe:  “Height to 65′. Flowers June. Dry woods; s. Missouri and Oklahoma to Mississippi and Louisiana.”


Guide to Southern Trees, Ellwood S. Harrar, page 173, Copyright 1946, 1962 

 On 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.” 


A Field Guide To Trees and Shrubs, George A. Petrides, page 345, Copyright 1958   

About the Ozark chinquapin, Castanea ozarkensis Ashe: “Height 65′. Flowers June. Dry woods; s. Missouri and Oklahoma to Mississippi and Louisiana.” 


 Manual Of Southeastern Flora, John Kundall Small, Copyright 1933 

 About 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. “