Chinese Chestnut Trees


Zones 4-8

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The Chinese Chestnut (Castanea Mollissimma) is a nut-producing tree, yielding nuts for human and wildlife consumption. The Chinese chestnut grows to a height of 40–60′ and a spread of 40–60′ at maturity. It is considered a slow to medium rate grower, with growth increases of anywhere from less than 12″ to 24″ per year. Full sun is recommended. Grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, and clay soils. It is drought-tolerant. Should be planted in pairs or groups to ensure pollination. Yields a ripened nut crop mid/late September through October. A prickly 2–3½” seed husk encloses 1-4 nuts. The nuts are large, meaty, crisp, and sweet, although less sweet than American chestnuts. Begins to bear nuts in 4–5 years if grown from seed. Provides dense shade with a handsome, spreading canopy. Has wood that is very durable and resistant to rot. Features simple, alternate leaves that are 3–5″ in length and dark green in color with a toothed margin. Does well in hot, dry climates.

Prefers full sun

Zones  4-8

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