Castanea pumila

Ashe's chinquapin, trailing chinquapin


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15-30 (40) ft    Width: 15-20 (30) ft
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance, fall color, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Natural settings as a small shade tree or large shrub.
Considerations: Burr-covered nuts can cause a problem in residential landscapes.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Nuts are consumed by birds and other wildlife. Larval host for orange-tipped oakworm moth (Anisota senatoria).
Native Habitats: Dry, open sandy woods, hammock edges, sandy roadsides, fence rows in sandy fields, dry bluffs, pine-oak-hickory woods, floodplains, calcareous river hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Native Americans ate the nuts.

Other Comments:

While it is related to chestnuts, its not subject to chestnut blight.