oblong, elliptic, lanceolate, obovate
March - October
2.0 - 5.0
Small tree with coarsely serrate leaves with distinct teeth. Its fruit is a spiny burr enclosing acorn-like nut. It is in the same genus as American chestnut and similar, but leaves are larger and less hairy. Castanea alnifolia is found on the coastal plain and intergrades with C. pumila confusing recognition.
Dry or moist acid soils.