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Chinese Chestnut Tree

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Enjoy yummy bushels of your very own chestnuts when you own this hardy tree. It grows quickly and provides terrific shade where you need it. It's one of the prettiest trees to have a family picnic under! In fall, get ready to roast the sweet and delicious nuts that you will harvest without the need for pesticides used in store-bought nuts. Save bundles of money, as Chestnuts are one of the most expensive nuts available, so this tree will pay for itself in no time.

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Chinese Chestnut Tree

Magnificent Nut-Producing Shade Tree


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $7.00 each
Nov 15th, 2014
List: $129.95
Sale: $87.07
6 at $82.72 each

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

4-5 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $119.95
Sale: $80.37
6 at $76.35 each
Chinese Chestnut Tree
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Chestnut Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
Sale: $13.37
Planting Mix for Chestnut Trees
Chinese Chestnut Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Chinese Chestnut Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $9.35
TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $20.07
Chinese Chestnut Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $6.00

The Chinese Chestnut Tree is a disease and pest free cultivar that not only produces bushels of sweet chestnuts for roasting, but functions as an effective shade tree while adding ornamental value. 

The Chinese Chestnut is a medium-sized tree, maturing to heights of about 40-60 feet with a 40 foot spread. Densely branched and packed with glossy emerald green leaves, this deciduous beauty adds an air of exotic elegance while providing much needed relief from the energy zapping rays of summer. 

One Chinese Chestnut tree can provide up to 50 pounds of large meaty nuts that are equally sweet and nutritious. Simply plant two for the purposes of pollination, and you’ll be off to harvesting your very own nuts in no time. 

You are ready to collect your delectable crop of nuts when the decorative barbed capsules that add interest to the tree all summer begin to crack open. Then the nuts are ready for harvest, just in time for holiday roasting. 

Hardy in zones 4-8, the Chinese Chestnut tree is disease resistant, drought tolerant and adaptable to most soil types. Growing relatively quickly, this chestnut tree is practically maintenance free and will be a welcome addition anywhere you want to create a shady summer retreat. 

The Chinese Chestnut tree brings yellow and gold color to your autumn landscape and looks amazing when planted near our Autumn Purple Ash or Scarlet Red Maple. 

If you have questions about the Chinese Chestnut tree or any of our other trees or shrubs, give us a call or shoot us an email. Let our knowledgeable staff assist you with your next landscaping project






Growing Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 40-60 ft.
Mature Width: 40-60 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Castenea mollissima
Does not ship to: AZ, CA, FL, LA, OR, WA,
Growing Zones 4-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Chinese Chestnut Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Chinese Chestnut Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Chinese Chestnut Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Chinese Chestnut Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Purchased Chestnut summer 2013. Not the right time for me to plant, but the hardy tree took root and looks amazing this year! Can't wait for it to mature and bloom, hummingbirds love the flowers!
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A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: My trees are too young to be producing fruit (nuts), but I've had older ones in the past and those produced a green, spine covered husk (that you'll want to handle with leather gloves) in the fall. Those husks would sometimes open and drop the nuts to the ground or they would fall intact and often split when they hit the ground.

The generally produce two nuts to a seed pod (husk), but sometimes three. The nuts are smooth and mostly brown with on end being a lighter shade of brown or tan, this brown skin must be pealed away to reveal the fruit (nut meat). When the nuts are first harvested they are tight within this brown skin.

I would make a point of gathering the nuts and removing them from their spiny husks as soon as possible. Otherwise the husk becomes dry and rigid making it more difficult to extract the nuts.

I've tried eating the nuts at harvest time and found them wanting for flavor and texture. The best way I'd found to handle them was to place them in an clean, empty drywall pale or peck basket and leave them in the garage to ripen and dry for about 60-90 days. I can't recall exactly when I gathered them but it was probably late in October. They were always ready to eat at the end of January.

You can try a couple every 30 days just to see how they're coming along. They will sweeten as they ripen and I preferred eating them dry - as most nuts are when you eat them, e.g. peanuts, walnuts, almonds - as drying improved their texture. I always ate them raw, never roasted, but that is a personal preference.

Once dried it is easy to remove the brown, outer skin. Inside that will be a light, almost papery thinner skin surrounding the nut itself and you'll want to remove that before eating as well.
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Why is the Chinese Chestnut banned in Florida? I will be going to my Georgia home in a week or two, and could have a couple of them shipped there, and then carry them back to Florida? :-)
A shopper on Aug 4, 2014
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How long do I wait till the bears fruit?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry,I do not know right now I planted the tree in a wooded area that is hard to get to in the summer.I only planted one tree,not two like everyone says you should have done.Is this true?
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In What zones do these trees grow well?
A shopper on Oct 23, 2014
Best Answer: my trees are doing well, planted in western N.Y. State, we just put fertilizer sticks in the ground.
they grew a good 6 inches in one year. very healthy plants,. good healthy
Reply · Report · Barbara C on Oct 23, 2014
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i just planted one tree. will i get nuts?
fred l on Aug 31, 2014
Best Answer: No the Chinese Chestnut Tree needs a mate to pollinate with.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Sep 3, 2014
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How long is the growing season for these chestnuts? Where I live there are often frosts in the first parts of June, and the end of August. Is there enough time in those 10-12 weeks for the chestnuts to grow and ripen?
Hannah B on Aug 19, 2014
Best Answer: Don't know. Just planted my first two trees a couple of weeks ago. They took nicely and showing new growth!
I live in zone 7. I was very impressed with "FastGrowingTrees", packed perfectly, shipped promptly and reasonably priced. Great company. Will always go to them first for any future purchases of trees or shrubs!
PS. What zone do you live in? Frost in June/August???
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Can I grow new chestnut trees from my existing trees? Can I plant the chestnut itself or do I need a seedling from the trees? Thanks!
Maryann B on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: I am not an expert in this field.
Though I believe that you can grow the tree from the seeds, it may be more practical to get a young tree that has been nursed to a certain size.
Reply · Report · Ogedi O on Aug 16, 2014
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How long does it take for these to reach full size?
Colin P on Jul 27, 2014
Best Answer: The Chinese Chestnut has an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 years so it can take a while to get 40 feet tall. Upwards of 10 years.
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.