Castanea alnifolia /Bush Chinkapin

Castanea alnifolia  / Castanea alnifolia
Long strands of white flowers
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Long strands of white flowers

Flowers and foliage showing the prickly leaf margins

Typical tree form in a demonstration garden in Conroe, TX

Flowers and foliage in late April in East Texas

Toward the end of the flowering phase

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Scientific Name: Castanea alnifolia
Common Name: Bush Chinkapin
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The bush chinkapin produces a large shrub to small tree form and leaves that have prickly edges. The yellow autumn color is reported to be quite good. Grow best in a sandy, well-drained soil and full sunlight.