The Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima) is a larger tree, producing bigger nuts and beginning production as early as three years old. This tree can live longer than 150 years, and is grown in USDA zones 4 through 8. This tree is disease-resistant, drought-tolerant and adaptable to most soil types. It grows slowly to a height of 40 to 60-feet tall, and branches can spread to about 60-feet wide. This tree performs best in well drained, loamy to sandy loam soils. One tree can provide up to 50 pounds of large meaty nuts that are equally sweet and nutritious. Producing fruit in 5-6 years, the chestnuts are a great food source for deer.
Trees can be ordered as seedlings or super accelerators in quantities of 12 or 24. Trees in 3-gallon containers can only be ordered in packs of 24. Bulk discounts are available - call for pricing. The best time of year to plant your trees varies depending on what zone you are in. However, for most zones the best time to plant is between fall and early spring. Planting your trees in the fall allows the trees to root into ground before the dormant season. When planting trees,the hole needs to be twice as wide as, but not deeper than the rootball. The soil should be level with the top of the rootball.