Chestnut-Leaved Oak

Description:

The large and majestic Chestnut-Leaved Oak, Quercus castaneifolia, from the Beech (Fagaceae) family, is an extraordinary tree reflecting beauty and diversity of forests around the world.

A deciduous tree with glossy dark green jagged leaves, dull grey underneath, growing up to 20cm in length

Flowers - catkins fruiting to acorns, mossy cups.   Can grow to 30m in height, 12m in an urban environment.

How to grow:

The Chestnut-Leaved Oak is low maintenance, easy to grow, requires full sun and is wind pollinated, fast growing, is frost and drought tolerant, has low flammability, good wind resistance.  Plant during the dormancy period.   Can live for 500 years or more.

Uses:

The Chestnut-Leaved Oak is a shade tree and a feature tree, suitable for avenues, driveways and parks.   Even though the acorns are bitter they are eaten by pigeons, jays, squirrels and other wildlife.

History:

Native to the mountains of the Caucasus and Northern Iran, closely related to the Turkey Oak and similar in appearance, was introduced to England in 1843.   The oldest one was planted in Kew in 1846 and still stands today, surviving the hurricane of 1987.