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

Fast

Use

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

Soil type

All soils

Water

Moist to moderately dry soils

Foliage

Chestnut like with blunt bristles

Origin

SW Asia