The Chinese Chestnut grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
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.