About This Plant

The chestnut-leaved oak, scientifically known as Quercus castaneifolia, is a captivating deciduous tree celebrated for its striking resemblance to the chestnut tree. This oak species is native to the Caucasus and Alborz mountain ranges in Iran, where it thrives in mountainous regions. The tree typically reaches heights of 40 to 80 feet (12 to 24 meters) and boasts a broad, rounded canopy.

The Story

Leaf

Its leaves are large, elongated, and deeply lobed, resembling the leaves of chestnut trees, and they turn vibrant shades of yellow, orange, or brown in autumn. The glossy dark green foliage has a leathery texture, and the deeply incised lobes create a serrated edge along the margins. The leaves can grow up to 20 centimetres in length.

Produce

The tree produces inconspicuous flowers in the form of catkins, and its acorns are a significant feature, typically enclosed in a cup-like structure known as a cupule. The acorns provide a valuable food source for wildlife.
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