Castanea dentata


American Chestnut


Castanea dentata - American Chestnut

About American Chestnut at OSU's Landscape Plants site

  • Native to eastern North America but now totally decimated in the East by a fungus from abroad.

  • Height can exceed 100’.

  • Leaves are large, lance-shaped, and toothy with downy petioles.

  • Nut husks are round and covered with prickly spines; less sharp than the Spanish chestnut. Nuts are delicious when roasted and peeled.

  • Wood has excellent non-rotting qualities.

  • Very rare in Portland. The Heritage Trees are believed to be only ones in city, although there are a few in the larger metropolitan area.

Tree #LocationDimensionsPhoto and Notes

1108 SE Lexington St

Private, Side Yard

85' Height

70' Spread

14' Circ.

Castanea dentata - American Chestnut