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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Castanea dentata

American Chestnut Leaf and SeedAmerican Chestnut


About American Chestnut at OSU's Landscape Plants site

  • Native to eastern North America but now totally decimated in the East by a fungus from abroad.

  • Height can exceed 100’.

  • Leaves are large, lance-shaped, and toothy with downy petioles.

  • Nut husks are round and covered with prickly spines; less sharp than the Spanish chestnut. Nuts are delicious when roasted and peeled.

  • Wood has excellent non-rotting qualities.

  • Very rare in Portland. The Heritage Trees are believed to be only ones in city, although there are a few in the larger metropolitan area. 

Tree # Location Dimensions Photo and Notes

1108 SE Lexington St
Private, Side Yard

85' Height
70' Spread
14' Circ.

Heritage Trees 182-183