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Chinese Chestnut Castanea mollissima

Description

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.

 

 

Symmetrical and round crown

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Castanea mollissima 'Abundance'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Crane'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Kuling'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Meiling'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Nanking'
Tags:
#deciduous#wildlife plant#playground#edible nuts#children's garden#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Castanea mollissima 'Abundance'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Crane'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Kuling'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Meiling'
  • Castanea mollissima 'Nanking'
Tags:
#deciduous#wildlife plant#playground#edible nuts#children's garden#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Castanea
    Species:
    mollissima
    Family:
    Fagaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to N. Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Pieces Used in Games
    Textural
    Edibility:
    Edible nuts
    Dimensions:
    Height: 35 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 40 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    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.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    The flower is creamy and showy.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Edible Garden