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PlantFiles: Cape Chestnut
Calodendrum capense

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Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Calodendrum (kal-oh-DEN-drum) (Info)
Species: capense (ka-PEN-see) (Info)

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Category:
Trees

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Deciduous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive WebInt On Mar 12, 2007, WebInt from Vista, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I find this to be one of the most beautiful flowering trees you can grow. Well worth the wait for it to reach some maturity before first flower (maybe 7 - 8 years). It is not a true "Chestnut" as it is not part of the beech family, which includes true chestnuts. I find it to be slow growing in comparison to other popular flowering trees. It likes a lot of water during the hot summer months. Depending on the winter, it can be evergreen or deciduous. During the Jan 2007 freeze in SoCal, my garden hit 28 degrees. The tree defoliated 100% a few weeks later. But by March it was shooting new growth. So I believe the Cape Chestnut to be a little more hardy to freeze then previous thought.

Neutral smiln32 On May 10, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Origin: South Africa - Protect from the wind and do not plant in sandy soils. Best in full sun with regular summer watering.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vista, California



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