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What Plant AM I? for June 17th, 2017
I am a member of the family Fagaceae, and a species native to China, Taiwan, and Korea.
I am a deciduous tree growing to 20 m tall with a broad crown. My leaves are alternate, simple, with a toothed margin. My flowers are produced as catkins with the female flowers at the base of the catkin and males on the rest. My fruit is a densely spiny cupule that containing two or three glossy brown nuts that are edible.
If you plant me, it may take 3 to 6 years for establishment me before
any nuts that may be harvested and another 10 years before yields
My scientific name is derived from my softly downy shoots and young leaves.
I am a naturally an understory tree, and have been cultivated in East Asia.
I am resistant to the blight that has killed millions of a species of tree with my same last name sake.