A picture of a Cape Chestnut

Cape Chestnut

Calodendrum capense

Also known as

Wild Chestnut, Kaapse Kastaiing (Afr.), Muvhaha, Molalakgwedi, MookêLêLa

Full Sun
Moderate care
Frequent watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

18m

3m

Min

5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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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! ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.

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

    Damp | Soil Specific

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