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Chinese Chestnut

Castanea mollissima

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.124 W94 53.131

Trail Number:
C36

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Description

Family:
Fagaceae

Foliage:
Leaves alternate, simple, 3 to 8 inches long

Native Locale:
Northern China, Korea

Mature Height:
41 to 60 feet

Mature Width:
41 to 60 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 8

Soil Preference:
Prefers Acidic (pH 5.5 to 6.5), well drained, loamy soil

Growth Habit:
Rounded in youth, developing a rounded to broad- rounded outline at maturity, usually low branched

Rate of Growth:
Slow to Medium, 4 to 7' over a 3 to 4 year period

Disease and Insect:
n/a

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Prickly husks surround 2 to 3 flattened nuts.
  • Used as a replacement for the American Chestnut which was essentially destroyed by chestnut blight, a fungus disease.

Photos

Leaf - Chinese ChestnutSummer - Chinese ChestnutSummer '08 - Chinese Chestnut