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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

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List: $129.95
Sale: $87.07
6 at $82.72 ea.
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.

  3. Chestnut Trees Slow Release Fertilizer Tablets. Your tree will get the optimal nutrition when it needs it most.
Fungi Tree Guard Fertilizer Tabs
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard Fertilizer Tablets
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:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and 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
Chinese Chestnut Tree
Fertilizer Tablets
Chinese Chestnut Tree

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.

Fertilizer Tablets
Sale: $4.66

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
(blue area above)

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Why Buy from Fast Growing Trees?

Save Money

Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Chinese Chestnut Tree can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

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. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28%

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.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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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By: Holly
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.
Reply · stephen a on Jul 13, 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?
Reply · JOE A on Jun 8, 2014
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