A picture of a Malabar Chestnut

Malabar Chestnut

Pachira insignis

Also known as

Wild Chestnut

Pachira insignis (Sw.) Savigny - La Tahona 2013 000 by Veronidae (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

10m

1m

Min

1m

7 years to reach maturity

Flowering

Malabar Chestnut Overview

Pachira insignis is a tender perennial species that is commonly known as Malabar Chestnut or Wild Chestnut. This plant produces shiny, green, oval leaves and has an arching habit, in its native habitat, it can grow up to 18m tall. Its showy white flowers are often tipped in red, they open like a banana peel to reveal white hair-like stamens, overall flowers have a bottlebrush-like appearance. It can produce edible nuts in large woody pods and these are said to taste like peanuts.

Special features of Malabar Chestnut

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves