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Calodendron capense/Cape Chestnut

Calodendron capense / Calodendron capense
View of the tree canopy during the period of greatest leaf drop
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View of the tree canopy during the period of greatest leaf drop

Smooth, gray bark on a large tree growing in a Southern California botanical garden

Large, coarse textured leaves

Close view of a Cape Chestnut leaf

Foliage hanging in tree canopy

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Scientific Name: Calodendron capense
Common Name: Cape Chestnut
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Pink
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This is a medium sized South African tree with a dense, spreading canopy and smooth gray bark. It is noted for it light pink to dark mauve showy flowers produced in masses in early summer. It grows best in full sunlight in a loam soil. Reported to be quite drought tolerant.