Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare, widely planted and sometimes naturalizing

Look for it in forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Creamy-white
Unisexual
4-6 sepals
Petals absent
12(-18) stamens in staminate flowers
Flowers in catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Nut

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Castanea mollissima   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Castanea mollissima   FAMILY Fagaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Chinese Chestnut


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JK Marlow    jkm0506j_24

June    Oconee County    SC

The exotic chestnut most frequently encountered as a naturalized species, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506j_25

June    Oconee County    SC

Staminate flowers in erect catkins; pistillate in a prickly involucre, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506j_30

June    Oconee County    SC

Small Asian tree with short trunk & wide crown, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    s050618_f

June    Oconee County    SC

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2745

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Cupule densely covered with pubescent spinelike bracts, per Flora of China.

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2747

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2749

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2754

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Fruits over 4cm wide, split along 4 sutures, enclose 3 nuts, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2755

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2756

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

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Sam Pratt    sbp_2757

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    s071016_c

October    Oconee County    SC

Leaves mostly 4-7" long, dark green & glossy above, pale & velvety below, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.