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Chestnut Seedling Pollinator

Available Spring 2018

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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.


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
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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.

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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Have one chestnut tree. Need 2 for nuts.
Mike K on Feb 23, 2016
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
Pollinator for current chestnut tree
Rex H on Feb 22, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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: Do you have different varieties of chestnuts in your yard? They may need to have cross pollination.

Customer Reviews

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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 2 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
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
1 year ago
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