Chinese Chestnut 18-24" Seedlings

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Chinese Chestnut, 18-24" seedlings

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Chinese Chestnut

Castanea mollissima

The Chinese Chestnut is a medium sized tree that produces a sweet tasting chestnut for consumption.  This tree is very blight resistant, with a low branching, wide spreading growth habit.  Green leaves turn to yellow, gold and brown in autumn.  To to ensure proper pollination and highest chestnut yield, plant at least two Chinese Chestnut trees.  This tree should produce chestnuts within 3 to 5 years of planting.  Drought tolerant once established.

  • Zones
    4 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Light Clays, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    40-60' Height and 50' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Slow to Medium - 10-18" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Average to moist but well drained soils

Product questions

  • Orin Sherman
    Jan 21, 2020, 04:26

    What is the average nut size?

    Jan 22, 2020, 10:10

    The Chinese Chestnut tree bears nuts which are 3/4"-1" in diameter. Each spiny outer shell, or burr, contains 2-3 chestnuts.

  • Adam Burr
    Nov 9, 2018, 19:36

    Is it safe to plant the Chinese chestnut near American Chestnut trees, due to blight resistance, etc?

    Nov 12, 2018, 08:54

    Yes, it is safe to plant Chinese Chestnut near American Chestnut. Chinese Chestnut is also more blight resistant.

  • The Chinese Chestnut that we sell is not a cultivar, but rather pure Castanea mollisma.  Named cultivars have been selected for certain qualities, isolated and then bred with others of the same characteristics.  Our Chinese chestnuts would be considered pure, “descendants” of the natives that were originally imported from Asia.
  • The nuts of the Chinese Chestnut are borne inside spiny burs that split open when the nuts are ripe 
  • The Chinese Chestnut is a great addition to your hunting land if you are trying to hold deer or turkey on your land, a great natural food source
  • Chestnuts are a healthy, low-fat food ingredient that can be incorporated into a wide range of dishes — from soups, to poultry stuffing, to pancakes, muffins and pastries (using chestnut flour).

Common uses:.

  • Attracting deer and turkey for hunting or wildlife viewing
  • Personal or commercial chestnut production
  • Using chestnuts in cooking and baking
  • Shade tree with wildlife benefits
  • Honoring the tradition of roasting chestnuts for consumption

Wildlife such as deer, turkey and almost every kind of squirrel love the chestnuts.  This tree should be part of any long term plan which involves the natural production of deer food on your hunting land.

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