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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
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.
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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep.
Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.*If you have found your zone already, the table above will highlight your zone.
At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.
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Growing Zones 4-8
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Castanea mollissima|
|Mature Height||40 - 60 feet|
|Mature Spread||35 - 40 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Yellowish, White|