Chinese Chestnut



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Chinese Chestnut

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Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima) is a resilient tree, known for its resistance to blight. It offers spiky burs that open to reveal sweet, edible chestnuts. Beyond its culinary appeal, this tree graces gardens with its broad leaves and sturdy stature, making it a favorite among horticulturists.

1-2′ Bareroot Seedling

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Requirements and Tolerances

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 4-8
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun
Water Requirements: Moderate, consistent moisture
Soil Type: Well-drained
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Plant Spacing: 20-30′ apart
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None
Heat Tolerance: Moderate

Physical Characteristics

Rootstock: From Seed
Plant Size: 40-60′ tall, 40-60′ wide
Growth Habit: Round, spreading
Foliage Color: Dark green
Bloom Time: June-July
Flower Color: White to pale pink
Fall Color: Yellow to orange
Nut Size: 1-1.5″
Nut Flavor: Sweet, mild
Nut/Husk Color and Appearance Brown, spiny

Growth and Reproduction

Growth Rate: Moderate
Years to Bear: 5-7
Lifespan: 40-60 years
Pollination Requirements: Monoecious, requires cross-pollination
Pollination Mechanisms: Insects (bees)
Harvest Time: September-October
Yield & Storage: Moderate, store in a cool, dry place

Disease Resistance

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Native to China
Nitrogen Fixing: No
Chestnut Blight (Cryphonectria parasitica): Moderately Resistant
Phytophthora Root Rot (Phytophthora cinnamomi): Moderately Resistant
Ink Disease (Phytophthora cambivora): Moderately Resistant
Powdery Mildew (Erysiphe alphitoides): Moderately Resistant
Chestnut Weevil (Curculio elephas): Moderately Susceptible
Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar): Moderately Resistant

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 51 × 2 × 3 in
Hardiness Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8



8 reviews for Chinese Chestnut

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  1. James Herring (Verified Customer)

    We received 5 bare root Chinese chestnut trees that are almost 30” tall from the root to the top of the tree. This is larger than what I was expecting so I am very please.
    They were packaged very well so no damage during shipping.
    Thanks Derek and crew for a great product!

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  2. Daniel A. (Verified Customer)

    Healthy roots and trunk looked viable.

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  3. Ann S. (Verified Customer)

    The trees arrived with a great root system looking good.

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  4. Clint S. (Verified Customer)

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  5. Cliff C. (Verified Customer)

    Best trees that I have received great job you guys are great

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  6. Jim S. (Verified Customer)

    Most of them were larger than I expected. They arrived two days after shipping notice and the roots were moist when I opened the package two days after arrival. I soaked the roots and planted them. I would buy again.

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  7. Kelden (Verified Customer)

    Looked better than the bare root trees I bought this year from the state nursery! Happy to add that all the chestnut trees are leafing out. Thank you Food Forest nursery, and keep it up!

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  8. Daryl Rodgers (Verified Customer)

    Nice, healthy plants. Outstanding nursery.

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