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Castanea henryi

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Castanea fargesii
  • Castanopsis henryi
Phonetic Spelling
kas-TAY-nee-uh HEN-ree-eye
Description

A large tree reaching up to 90 feet tall.  It prefers well-drained acidic loamy soil but can be grown in nutritionally poor.  It tolerates hot southern summers well.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#poor soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Castanea
    Species:
    henryi
    Family:
    Fagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, south-central and southeast
    Edibility:
    Seeds raw or cooked but are sweeter and more floury texture when cooked. Can be used like potatoes as a staple food.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Seeds ripen in October
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flowers in July are produced on current-year wood pollinated by insects and are also self-fertile.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Leaf blades are laceolate, oblong-ovate, or oblong-laceolate covered with yellow-brown scaly glands, hairy
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Poor Soil