Castanopsis cuspidata /Copper False Chestnut, Japanese Chinquapin



Foliage on a large, beautiful tree at Margie Jenkins Nursery near Amite, LA

Beautiful evergreen foliage

Close-up view of the foliage

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Scientific Name: Castanopsis cuspidata
Common Name: Copper False Chestnut, Japanese Chinquapin
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This evergreen tree grows best in partial shade in a moist, fertile, slightly acid soil. The flowers have a scent somewhat like the unpleasant scent of hawthorn flowers. They attract midges for pollination. The seeds are edible.