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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

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 photo of Cape Chestnut
A photo of Cape Chestnut
A photo of Cape Chestnut
A photo of Cape Chestnut
A photo of 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

Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)

    Harvesting

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

    Propagation

    Seed

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

    Special Features

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts birds

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts bees

    Attractive flowers

    Flowers are soft pink-purple with dark spots.

    Uses

    Other uses

    Medicinal