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A picture of a Cape Chestnut

Cape Chestnut

Calodendrum capense

Full Sun
Moderate care
Frequent watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

18m

3m

Min

5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Cape Chestnut

A group of green plants
A close up of a plant
Calodendrum capense
Calodendrum capense tree in flower, Kirstenbosch.
Trunk of tree

Cape Chestnut Overview

A medium-sized tree with beautiful fragrant soft pink flowers in Summer. The grey stem is slow-growing, but the wood is light and useful for furniture and will not twist and bend when dried. The trees are often spotted when in flower in indigenous forests spaced widely - and visible from the N2 driving past Wilderness to Knysna. A tree that should be considered planting more widely in our gardens!

Common problems with Cape Chestnut

Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)

    How to harvest Cape Chestnut

    Wood is lightly colored and dries straight - used in furniture.

    How to propagate Cape Chestnut

    Seed

    Sow seeds in sandy soil mix in a nursery and keep moist.

    Cuttings

    Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

    Special features of Cape Chestnut

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts birds

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts bees

    Attractive flowers

    Flowers are soft pink-purple with dark spots.

    Other uses of Cape Chestnut

    Grown for their flowers that are produced mainly in spring-summer.

    Other uses

    Medicinal

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