Castanea pumila

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Ashe's Chinquapin, Trailing Chinquapin


Plant Specifics

Size:15-30 (40) ft tall by 15-20 (30) ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Phenology:Deciduous. Inconspicuous blooms in spring. Fruits ripen in fall. Life span <50 yrs.
Habitats:Dry, open sandy woods, hammock edges, sandy roadsides, fence rows in sandy fields, dry bluffs, pine-oak-hickory woods, floodplains, calcareous river hammocks.


Recommended Uses:Natural settings as a small shade tree or large shrub.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



Nuts are consumed by birds and other wildlife. 

Larval host for orange-tipped oakworm moth (Anisota senatoria) which can cause significant defoliation.