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Castanea mollissima

Common Name(s):
Chinese chestnut
Cultivar(s):
Castanea mollissima 'Nanking', Castanea mollissima 'Meiling', Castanea mollissima 'Kuling', Castanea mollissima 'Abundance', Castanea mollissima 'Crane'
Categories:
Edible Plants, Trees
Comment:

This big tree can reach a height and spread of about 40 feet. It braches close to the ground makes it a good landscape tree. The smell of the flower might be offensive to some people. The nut is edible, attracts wild life, but needs to be cautious because it is spiny. It is resistant to chestnut blight.

Seed: Nut

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Height:
35-40 ft.
Flower:
The flower is creamy and showy.
Zones:
5A-8B
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Full sun. Well-drained soil.
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Symmetrical and round crown
Edibility:
The oval, round shaped nut ranges from 1-3 inches in length. The nut is crisp, meaty and sweet, though not as sweet as American chestnuts. It is good for fresh-eating, roasting, boiling and baking. Ripens in mid or lat September through October.
Width:
40-50 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
The oblong, lanceolate simple leaf has an alternate arrangement. It has a showy yellow/copper color in the fall.
Tags:
play, playground, deciduous, children’s garden

NCCES plant id: 2970

Castanea mollissima Leaf
Photo by F. D. Richards, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Castanea mollissima Flower
Photo by Kristine Paulus, CC BY - 2.0
Castanea mollissima Nut
Photo by Gwendolyn Stansbury, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Castanea mollissima Tree
Photo by F. D. Richards, CC-BY-SA-2.0