Cape Chestnut


Calodendrum capense

A medium sized tree very popular for gardens because of its attractive pinkish white flowers. Will reach 15 to 20 m in size with a smooth grey trunk and shiny oval shaped leaves to 17 mm. Although preferring moist soils will grow and survive in drier areas at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,300 m. The common name comes from its widespread geographical locations as far south as the Cape and its fruit looking similar to chestnuts trees of the northern hemisphere.