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Cape Chestnut

Calodendrum capense

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

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

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:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Studio City, California

Vista, California

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 4, 2016, amylg from Studio City, CA wrote:

when have a mature cape chestnut in our yard but have noticed the tips of the tree are dying losing leaves. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? We love this tree and don't want to loose it.

Positive

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

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.

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