Chinese Chestnut Seedling
This Chinese Chestnut Seedling (Castanea mollisima) is the smallest sized tree of all chestnut species growing to only about 40 or 50 feet tall. It is native to northern and western China and produces nuts that are medium size and good eating quality. This chestnut species is the most resistant to chestnut blight and has been essential in the breeding of the many hybrid chestnut varieties that are now available. Chinese Chestnut seedlings also begin bearing at a younger age than most, often as early as three years old.
Latin Name: Castanea mollissima
Site and Soil: Chestnut Seedlings prefers 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: seedlings grow on their own roots
Pollination Requirements: Plant at least two trees for nut production.
Hardiness: Chestnuts are hardy to minus 25F.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 40-60+ ft. in height
Bloom Time: June
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Chestnuts are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. Colossal Chestnuts are reportedly resistant to Chestnut Blight, a disease that affects some Chestnuts in the central and eastern parts of the US.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41