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Chestnut, Chinese Castanea mollissima

Chestnut, Chinese - Castanea mollissima
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A nut tree and a shade tree. Sweet-flavored nuts. Prefers acid, well-drained loamy soil. Does well in hot, dry climates. Blight resistant. Grows to 40' to 60', 50' spread. (Plant two trees for pollination) (zones 4-8)

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Zones 4 - 8 Zones 4 - 8
Hardiness Zones 4 - 8
The Chinese Chestnut can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Nut Tree Nut Tree
Type of tree
Nut Trees
40' - 60' High 40' - 60' High
Mature Height
The Chinese Chestnut grows to be 40' - 60' feet in height.
40' - 60' Spread 40' - 60' Spread
Mature Spread
The Chinese Chestnut has a spread of about 40' - 60' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth Slow to Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This chestnut does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Chinese Chestnut grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This chestnut has rounded shape.
Attributes

The Chinese chestnut is highly resistant to chestnut blight. The sweet tasting nuts are delicate roasted and famous in turkey stuffing. A handsome spreading landscape tree, it provides dense shade. As a timber tree, chestnut wood is very durable and rot resistant. Trees grown from seed will begin to produce nuts around age 7-8 years.

Description

A nut tree and a shade tree. Sweet-flavored nuts. Prefers acid, well-drained loamy soil. Does well in hot, dry climates. Blight resistant. Grows to 40' to 60', 50' spread. (Plant mutiple trees to ensure pollination) (zones 4-8)

Wildlife Value

Chinese chestnut is valuable for human consumption and a valuable wildlife food.

Leaves

Simple, alternate, 3"-5" long, dark green, glossy on top, toothed at margins.

Flower Color

Pale yellow or cream

Bloom Time

Early summer

Fruit Description

A prickly 2"-3 1/2" seed husk encloses 1-4 chestnut brown colored 3/4"-1 1/2" nuts. The nuts are large, meaty, crisp, and sweet although less sweet than American chestnut. Harvest in mid-late September to October.