Quercus castaneifolia, chestnut-leaved oak

This oak is fast growing and spreading while also offering a different feel as it has narrow, oblong lance shaped leaves.

Other pluses include:

  • interesting fissured corky bark with orangish cracks
  • toothed leaf margins
  • great, golden autumn colour
  • round acorns set on long-scale, “mossy” cups
  • small, narrow leaves are easier to rake or mulch
  • curved spreading branches making a broadly conical tree

Tree shape

Upright, broadly conical

Mature size

Large 12-20m

Growth rate



Shade, carbon store, ornamental, autumn foliage, avenues, feature

Soil type

All soils


Moist to moderately dry soils


Chestnut like with blunt bristles


SW Asia