Closely related to Castanopsis inermis[
Common Name: Wild Chestnut
Castanopsis philipensis is an evergreen tree growing from 6 - 28 metres tall. The bole can be 20 - 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and edible seeds, which are used locally.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Forested slopes at elevations of 400 - 1,800 metres[
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Castanopsis species are generally tolerant of a range of soils, preferably well-drained[
]. They succeed in full sun, though young plants generally grow best in dappled woodland shade.
]. A flavour like chestnuts (Castanea sativa)[
]. The seeds are about 15mm long and 20mm wide[
]. The seed can be up to 35mm long[
The bark is a source of tannins and can be used as a dye, to weatherproof fibres etc[
The branches and stems of many Castanopsis species are used as bed logs in mushroom cultivation[
The wood is used[
The wood is a good fuel and can be used to make charcoal[
Seed - easy to germinate if sown fresh. Self-sown seedlings can be transplanted[
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