A large, round oak tree that doesn’t need much water and can stand full sun is a great addition to gardens throughout California. The Chestnut Leaf Oak (Quercus castaneifolia) is native to the Middle East and can take full sun and low amounts of water easily.
The Chestnut Leaf Oak is majestic and can grow in different shapes as it is a highly varied species. It gets its name from the resemblance of the leaves with chestnut leaves - they have five lobes and are elongated and slightly spiked. The tree will lose its leaves during fall and offer a beautiful color when the seasons change.
It Can Live for Hundreds of Years
The chestnut oak tree is not common in gardens, but it has been used in urban landscaping because of its sturdiness. It is a long lived tree. In fact, one of the first ones introduced in the UK is still strong and mighty at nearly 200 years old. These strong trees can live for up to 400 years and even more.
How to Grow and Care for a Chestnut Leaf Oak
Chestnut Leaf Oaks can reach heights of over 100 feet in the wild, but the average height ranges between 30 and 80 feet. It’s usually as wide as it’s tall, so it should be given plenty of space to grow.
It doesn’t need to be watered frequently and it can survive in most soils. It actually prefers less rich soils over highly nutritious soils that hold in a lot of moisture.
The Chestnut Leaf Oak is a fast grower. Its longevity makes it hard to tell when it will reach its full size. For example, the oldest tree in Kew, UK still grows at 175 years old and has increased in girth by 3 meters in 60 years. If you want to plant more of them, make sure to keep 30 feet between the trees.
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