American chestnut - Fagaceae Castanea denata

Taxonomy

FamilyFagaceae
GenusCastanea
Speciesdenata
Common NameAmerican chestnut
iTree CodeCADE12

Plant Form

FormTree: very large
Height115 feet
Spread75 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliageshiny green, narrow with small teeth along edge and 6-8 inches longLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkbrown/gray with ridges; become deeper & irregular with age
Budfalse terminal bud with rounded base and abruptly pointed tipBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigshiny, yellow to brown, slight zig-zag appearance
Floweryellow flowers appearing in June
Fruitvery spiny husk (green then brown), containing edible chestnuts
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min4aMin5.5SoilModerate
Max8aMax6.5SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntolerantHighUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States
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