Quercus castaneifolia C.A.Mey.

Chestnut-leaved Oak

Deciduous tree to 20-30 m tall. Bark soft and brown. Buds below the terminal ones have persistent wiry stipules. Young shoots hairy at first. Leaves and more or less oblong, about 5-15 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, dark glossy green above, grey hairy below; vein pairs mostly 7-14, margins with triangular teeth each with a minute point; tip pointed, base tapering or rounded. Leaf stalk 1-2 cm long. Acorns 2-3 cm long, flattened on top, cup covering about one third, the cup scales mostly bent back, stalk short or absent; Feb-Mar.

Caucasus Mts and Iran

Occasional hybrids with Q. cerris may be encountered.

Wiry stipules; leaves dark green and glossy above, hairy below, the toothing is symmetrical, each side of the leaf having the same number of teeth cf. Q. cerris; acorn with mossy cup having scales bent back.

VIC: Castlemaine (Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, 5 m in 1984); Hawthorn (Grace Park); Leongatha (Mossvale Park, several mature trees probably 70-80 years old in 1990, one near toilet 33 m tall in 1991); Yarragon Rd Avenue of Honour, about 12-14 m tall in 1986); Loch (roadside west end of township); Mont Albert (Primary School, rear entrance); Mt Macedon ('Forest Glades' about 20 m tall in 1984).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Fagaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Fagaceae
genus        Quercus L.