Chestnut Seedling Pollinator

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Grow bigger, better chestnuts. This variety will pollinate other chestnuts so that they will yield more impressive crops. Attractive landscape tree also bears crops of sweet, flavorful nuts. Seedling. Chinese chestnut. Disease-resistant to chestnut blight. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Ripens in late September. Best pollinator: any other chestnut variety.

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Bloom Color Cream
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Taste Sweet, Good Flavored
Texture Smooth
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow chestnut trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Have hopes of getting chestnuts started on the farm.
Old Cranky Surveyor on Feb 2, 2019
Pollinator for current chestnut tree
Rex H on Feb 22, 2016
Have hopes of getting chestnuts started on the farm.
Old Cranky Surveyor on Feb 2, 2019
Have one chestnut tree. Need 2 for nuts.
Mike K on Feb 23, 2016
Pollinator for current chestnut tree
Rex H on Feb 22, 2016
Have one chestnut tree. Need 2 for nuts.
Mike K on Feb 23, 2016
I bought and planted the Cestnut Seedling Pollinators last spring to be a pollinators for to other varieties of chestnut trees. My question is: what is the scientific name of this tree? Thus way I can research more information. It says here on Starks description that it is a Chinese Chestnut, but not very clear.
Jon L on Apr 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The botanical name is C. mollissima.
My Colossal chestnut trees produce a lush growth of leaves each year but seem to die back somewhat in winter, though I'm within the zone range. In about 6 years, they're only about 5' tall. I've gotten no nuts from them. Are they supposed to produce some sort of flower before the nuts?
Holly H on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Chestnuts are wind pollinated- do you have another chestnut tree nearby that isn't wind-blocked by buildings? The flowers should be white and hard to miss.
I been told that chestnut trees don't require pruning but if the tree needs shapping to cut the branches not needed at base! Is that true?
Marcelino P on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sorry for delay. My chestnut has been growing 3 or 4 years now and the branches do not need pruning. If there are "sucker" limbs at the base I would prune them of course. Of 3 planted- 1 thrives. It is in full sun and is in soil that retains moisture. The other 2 never got off the ground and died. They are not in full sun and on the side of a gentle slope. My trees are in N.J. and the soil is topsoil/clay with shale 12" down. Hope this helps.
If I buy three Chestnut trees do I need a pollinator?
Ed M on Mar 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you buy 3 seedlings, you will need a different variety in order for pollination to occur. If you buy two seedlings and 1 different variety, the different variety will pollinate the two seedlings.
I am on zone boundary of 3B and 4A. Will colossal chestnuts grow outside their range. Chinese chestnuts also?
Donald W on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Colossal chestnut is suitable for Zones 4-8, and Chinese chestnut is suitable for Zones 4-9. You are right on the borderline - much will depend upon your microclimate, whether there are natural windbreaks, unusual temperature fluctuations, etc. Colossal is cold-hardy, Chinese is not, but they are both pretty tough trees. They should be OK.
My polinator tree's bark is splitting. Is that a disease or something else?
goalline on Jul 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's difficult to say. It could be that the tree has experienced a physical injury. If the splitting is on the south/southwest side of the trunk, it could be a result of sunscald. Sunscald is a type of injury that occurs, typically in winter, as a result of warm sun and temperature changes.

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I am happy with the size
I bought a pollinator chestnut last year it came started growing before I could plant.So I ordered 3 more this year I think am ok with them I have 2 getting leaves but the other is not doing much the branches on them aren't very good some were broke hopeful they do good time will tell I baby all my trees and won't plant until I feel comfortable I live in the north country in upstate ny and our weather can't be trusted until the end of May.But so far I am pleased.
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
Didn't Survive
The Chestnut Seedling Pollinator did not survive. I purchased it with the Blight Resistant Chinese Chestnut which is doing GREAT! In spite of the Pollinator not surviving, I would still recommend Stark Brothers trees because over the years I have been well satisfied.
May 14, 2017
over 4 years ago
Maintains Starks Excellent Quality
This chestnut has truly taken off. It was shipped bare root and was dormant. I soaked it in water for eight hours prior to planting. It is really growing well.
May 15, 2017
nuts all the way
I always have good luck with stark brothers trees, if you should have a problem they will fix it.
May 10, 2018
over 4 years ago
chestnut pollinator
it was a very small sapling on arrival . I expected a much larger specimen as I have ordered many trees from you. I planted it when I got it and it has not grown at all over the year. It is still alive , but bearly. I do not think that it will ever set.
November 10, 2018
over 3 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to learn that this tree did not meet your quality expectation. If you need any assistance please contact customer support. One of our amazing agents will be ready to assist you. Your planting success is important to us!
November 19, 2018
Tabitha R