|Despite the common name given for its lavish, candelabra-like flower display, this beautiful tree is not a Chestnut, but is in the same family as Citrus trees. Fuzzy young branches become smooth as they mature, forming a broad crown of glossy green leaves, which drop briefly once a year. Young trees grow slowly and do not flower for some years. The 10- to 12-inch clusters of white, pink or lavender flowers generally appear from May to July. Times of both flowering and leaf replacement vary geographically. Plant in full sun with shelter from strong wind. Needs a fairly heavy, neutral to acid, well-drained soil. Hardy to 25º F. Root cuttings of new growth in early summer, or sow ripe seeds.
This South African native makes an ideal ornamental for southern California and parts of Florida, especially along the coast.
Attributes - Calodendrum capense
Plant Type: Tree
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: Lavender, Pink, White
Height: 20 ft. to 40 ft.
Width: 40 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Showy Flowers.