Castanea crenata, commonly known as Japanese chestnut or Korean chestnut, is a species of chestnut tree native to Japan and Korea. It is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 20 meters tall and 10 meters wide.
The leaves of Castanea crenata are simple, alternate, and oblong in shape, with serrated margins and a glossy, dark green color. In the autumn, the leaves turn a beautiful golden-yellow color before falling.
The tree produces edible nuts, known as chestnuts, that are enclosed in a spiny, prickly burr. The nuts are sweet and flavorful, and are often roasted or boiled and eaten as a snack or used in various culinary preparations.
Castanea crenata is commonly grown as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks due to its attractive foliage and showy autumn color. It is also cultivated for its nuts, which are an important food crop in Japan and Korea.
The tree prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is generally hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures and growing conditions, but may be susceptible to certain diseases and pests.