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Chinese Chestnut

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  4-8

Soil Type:  Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  40-60' Height and 40-50' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year on average

Moisture Requirements: Average

Plant Characteristics

Chinese Chestnut

Castanea mollissima

The Chinese Chestnut is a medium sized tree that produces a sweet tasting chestnut for consumption. This tree is very blight resistant, with a low branching, wide spreading growth habit. Green leaves turn to yellow, gold and brown in autumn. To ensure proper pollination and highest chestnut yield, plant at least two Chinese Chestnut trees. This tree should produce chestnuts within 3 to 5 years of planting. Drought tolerant once established.

  • The Chinese Chestnut that we sell is not a cultivar, but rather pure Castanea mollisma.  Named cultivars have been selected for certain qualities, isolated and then bred with others of the same characteristics.  Our Chinese chestnuts would be considered pure, “descendants” of the natives that were originally imported from Asia.
  • The nuts of the Chinese Chestnut are borne inside spiny burs that split open when the nuts are ripe. 
  • The Chinese Chestnut is a great addition to your hunting land if you are trying to hold deer or turkey, a great natural food source.
  • Chestnuts are a healthy, low-fat food ingredient that can be incorporated into a wide range of dishes — from soups, to poultry stuffing, to pancakes, muffins and pastries (using chestnut flour).

Common uses for the Chinese Chestnut include:

  • Attracting deer and turkey for hunting or wildlife viewing
  • Personal or commercial chestnut production
  • Using chestnuts in cooking and baking
  • Shade tree with wildlife benefits
  • Honoring the tradition of roasting chestnuts for consumption

Wildlife such as deer, turkey and almost every kind of squirrel love the chestnuts.  This tree should be part of any long term plan which involves the natural production of deer food on your hunting land.

Product Questions

How long before the chestnut tree produces nuts.
Question by: Jim Grassi on Nov 17, 2020, 9:47 AM
Hello the Chinese Chestnut will produce nuts in approximately 3-5 years.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Nov 17, 2020, 11:32 AM
Can I plant these in the fall?
Question by: William Sullivan on May 30, 2021, 9:50 PM
We exclusively ship in the Spring. We do not ship in the Fall. At this time we have concluded our shipping season. We will be taking orders again in the fall for delivery in Spring of 2022.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jun 1, 2021, 4:37 PM