Chestnut, Chinese Castanea mollissima
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)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 4 - 8The Chinese Chestnut can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeNut Trees
Mature HeightThe Chinese Chestnut grows to be 40' - 60' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Chinese Chestnut has a spread of about 40' - 60' at full maturity.
SunThis chestnut does well in full sun.
SoilThe Chinese Chestnut grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
ShapeThis chestnut has rounded shape.
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.
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)
Chinese chestnut is valuable for human consumption and a valuable wildlife food.
Simple, alternate, 3"-5" long, dark green, glossy on top, toothed at margins.
Pale yellow or cream
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.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.