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GUIANA CHESTNUT

Botanical Name: Pachira aquatica
Description

The Guiana Chestnut is closely related to the smaller but similar Malabar Chestnut. Native to estuaries and lake shores in the tropical rainforest's of Mexico, Central and South America where it is seen as a large spreading tree with buttressed root systems to hold it in place during flooding. The flowers of the Guiana chestnut are fragrant and stunning, they emerge from foot long buds where they are almost hidden amongst the dense foliage. The long cream coloured petals droop and disappear to show off the dramatic clusters of scarlet tipped stamens. The fruits that follow the flowers are football shaped large woody pods that can reach 30cm in length. The tightly packed nuts inside enlarge until the pods burst open to reveal them. They are edible raw and taste somewhat like peanuts but they are more often eaten roasted, boiled or fried when they taste more like chestnuts. They can be ground into flour for baking. Both the flowers and the leaves can be eaten as vegetables. The Guiana Chestnut does best in sites that are protected from drying winds, it can be grown in full sun or part shade and it requires frequent and generous watering.

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Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

+10m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter?

Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

Water Requirements

Frequent Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

2-3 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Poor Drainage (Clay)

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

February, March, April, May

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Guiana Chestnut (Seedling) 2/10

DavidM1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3023 days 7hrs

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The first one died and the second is not looking very well. I think the site is just a little to cold in winter and the seedling is just to young.

Planted: 2007

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pest Control:

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Guiana Chestnut (Seedling)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1929 days 16hrs

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I haven't tried the nuts yet, but are supposed to taste like peanuts when raw, and chestnuts when fried or roasted. Sounds like a good option to try in sub-tropics where not so suitable to grow traditional type nuts. Should start bearing when a few years old.

The tree itself is attractive too, with a bulbous base (already noticeable as a young plant) similar to Qld. Bottle tree. Likes moist soil as in natural environment lives on river-banks.

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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