Calodendrum capense – Cape Chestnut
Also known as the ‘Cape Chestnut’, in summer Calodendrum capense has masses of showy pink flowers (Calodendrum Capense Chandlers Silver has white flowers with pink stamens). Calodendrum capense forms a dense symmetrical crown is relatively slow growing and can be frost tender when young.
C. Capense is the pink flowering Cape Chestnut an evergreen tree with masses of showy pink flowers. C. Capense ‘Chandlers Silver’ has white flowers with pink stamens.
Both species are excellent small evergreen trees growing from 8 – 12 m, depending on conditions,. Frost tender when young C. capense are generally a hardy tree, that require some water during dry periods.
C. Capense grows well in most areas although it will struggle in Alpine areas and Southern Tasmania. Forms a dense symmetrical crown is relatively slow growing and can be frost tender when young.
Calodendrum capense summary information
- Height – To 15 metres
- Spread – will form a grown to 10 metres over time.
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.’
- Foliage – Deep to mid green and glossy.
- Flowers – Pink in spring.