Tree Blog

Quercus castaneifolia | Kew Gardens

In this photo from Kew Gardens in England is the mother of a set of Chestnut-leaved Oaks (Quercus castaneifolia) in the Shields Oak Grove in Davis, CA.

In 1965 or so, acorns from this very tree were shared with the Univ. of California there. These trees are supremely well-adapted to Davis climate and deep soils, and the tallest is almost certainly in excess of 100 feet tall in a bit over 50 years. As with the Kew tree, these trees show no sign of slowing their growth. 

Dave Muffly