Castanea pumila (L.) Mill.

Allegheny Chinkapin, Chinquapin, Northern Catalpa

Family: Fagaceae

Genus: Castanea

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 25' tall but more normally 10' tall

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Alternate leaves to 6" long with coarsely toothed margin, white tomentose below when young. Small bur coverered with sharp spines to 1.5" diameter, containing a chestnut. Suckers. Large shrub to small tree. Drought tolerant once established.


Published in Gard. Dict., ed. 8 #2 in 1768.

Basionym Fagus pumila L. - Linnaeaus cites Catesby's Natural History Volume 1 Plate 9.

Native to eastern and southern USA.

Introduced to cultivation in 1699.

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