Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima)

Chinese Chestnut is an introduced species of tree originating from Korea and China. It performs best in moist, well-drained, loam soils in full sun and can tolerate deer and hot, humid summers. Soft green and pubescent underside leaves appear in spring while creamy white monoecious flowers appear in late spring and are quite fragrant. Edible nuts follow the flowers and are encased in a spiny dehiscent bur that is 2-3″ in diameter and produces 2-3 nuts per bur. Chinese Chestnut is resistant to the devastating Chestnut Blight.


Map courtesy of the USDA-NRCS Plant Database.

Photos courtesy of North Carolina Extension & Chief River Nursery


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Additional information

Scientific Name

Castanea mollissima






Soft Green

Fall Foliage

Golden yellow



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