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Nut Tree, Chinese Chestnut

This is a nut-producing tree, yielding nuts for human and wildlife consumption. These trees are deer and wild turkey friendly! They also provide protective cover and nesting habitat for many birds, including woodpeckers and warblers. Deer, turkey and other wildlife love the chestnuts. In terms of wildlife attraction and nutrition, chestnuts are similar to corn. The sweet-tasting nuts are often roasted for holiday eating and are famous in turkey stuffing recipes across the country. The nuts are large, meaty, crisp and sweet. But this is more than a nut tree. The shade of its spreading canopy is dense, providing relief in hot, dry climates. Grows in a graceful, rounded shape. As the American chestnut struggles with disease, the blight-resistant Chinese chestnut is quickly gaining popularity.

The Chinese Chestnut tree brings yellow and gold color to your autumn landscape and looks amazing! Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree. The Chinese chestnut grows in well-drained, loamy soils, but do fine in drier soils in more arid climates. It is drought-tolerant. The wood of this chestnut is very durable and resistant to rot.

Plant Details +

Botanical Castanea mollissima
Common Name Chinese Chestnut
Size #1
Height Maximum of 40-60'
Spacing 40-60'
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Simple, alternate leaves that are 3-5" in length and dark green in color with a toothed margin
Flower Flowers are long, off-white catkins
Harvest Fall

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: It tolerates a variety of soils and conditions. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Add generous amounts of peat but no fertilizer when planting. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.