ABOUT CHESTNUT

fagaceae

Relatives: Beeches, Oaks

A deciduous tree reaching 35 to 45 feet in height when mature, this is not to be confused with the American Chestnut that once thrived along the eastern parts of the United States but was felled with a vicious virus many years ago. The Chinese Chestnut (which you have no doubt seen in the grocery stores) is not susceptible to the same blight that decimated the American Chestnut.

CULTIVATION

Grow in full sun and well drained soils. Chinese Chestnuts are long lived trees and as such, grown rather large so plan ahead to allow ample space for them to mature. Plant on about 30 to 35 feet in width when fully mature.

CULTIVARS

Chinese Chestnut Trees should be planted in pairs or groups to ensure pollination.
The Chinese Chestnut yields a ripened nut crop from about mid/late September and on through October in our area. A prickly 2–3½" seed husk encloses 1-4 nuts. The nuts are large, meaty, crisp and sweet, although some say that they are less sweet than their American cousins.