Delicious Nuts and Beautiful Fall Color
Some trees are just workhorses. They offer something unique in all seasons. They are hardy, easy to grow, beautiful and productive. The Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima) is one of those trees. Glossy green leaves throw deep, sweet shade in the summer.
In the fall, neighbors will slow down to check out the shining yellow and gold leaves. When they do, you can offer them some of the delicious nuts you’ve gathered to roast come winter. (If you’ve never had chestnuts roasted on an open fire, you’re in for a treat!) It does require another Chinese Chestnut cultivar to pollinate.
Chinese Chestnut trees are easy to care for lawn trees. They love well-drained, loamy soils, but do fine in drier soils in more arid climates. They don’t like wet feet, though, or being in the shade of other trees, so choose a site that offers them a little room of their own. They are a medium sized tree (40 feet tall) with a good spread and they are hardy down to -20° F. Once established they are drought tolerant. Providing them plenty of water through the growing season, though, promotes good tree growth and assures regular nut production.
This is a deciduous tree, so it loses the leaves in the winter, but makes up for it with a striking bare silhouette.
You might have heard of the chestnut tree blight that was so disastrous for the American Chestnut tree. The Chinese Chestnut laughs it off. If you’re looking to replace a beloved American Chestnut tree lost to blight, you can be confident with the Chinese Chestnut from Nature Hills Nursery as a replacement.
This landscape workhorse would be a fine addition to your home garden, farm or orchard.
* Great Shade Tree
* Produces Edible Nuts
* Blight Resistant
* Brilliant Fall Color
|Botanical Name||Castanea mollissima|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Height||40 (+) feet|
|Mature Height||40 - 60 feet|
|Mature Spread||35 - 40 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|