Chinese Chestnut

Item #133037, Bare-root. Ships 2 - 4' tall.
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Hearty and attractive! Easy-to-grow, so you can enjoy the crispest, sweetest chestnuts for fresh-eating, roasting, boiling, or baking. Tree has a fast growth habit with an attractive, spreading form. Seedling. Chinese chestnut. Disease-resistant to chestnut blight. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. For proper pollination, plant two seedlings or a grafted chestnut variety.

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Bloom Color White
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 30 - 40' tall x 30 - 40' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 40' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
lives long
on large property
i like chestnuts
mike s on May 8, 2021
Productive food plant
Grant T on May 5, 2021
lives long
on large property
i like chestnuts
mike s on May 8, 2021
Hoping it will grow
Marina B on May 6, 2021
Productive food plant
Grant T on May 5, 2021
fast growing
Dawn K on May 5, 2021
ROBERT J on May 4, 2021
Unique to my area
Charles S on Apr 30, 2021
I want nuts
Jarred C on Apr 23, 2021
For me, Chinese Chestnut is a compromise since it is so difficult to find American Chestnuts that have any resistance to blight. I chose Chinese Chestnuts because I desperately want nut trees that will do well in my Zone 6 climate in North Idaho. The jugluns family (walnuts) won't work well with my design because of the natrual herbicide in the droppings (allelopathy), so it has to be almonds and chestnuts.
Toby A on Apr 23, 2021
We like chestnuts
Mary W on Mar 14, 2021
I live on Chestnut Lane with no chestnut trees. People say there are no chestnut trees growing in Arizona. I hope to have the first trees on the block.
hubert o on Mar 12, 2021
Needed it for a polinator
Robin R on May 21, 2020
I have another one,need it for pollination.
Xiaohua C on Mar 17, 2020
I like chest nut. Our front yard needs a decorative tree. If someday it needs to be harvested, the wood can be beautiful.
Andrew L on Mar 14, 2020
Planning to add to my current food plot at my hunting camp.
Max on Mar 9, 2020
large chestnut crop, adapted to southern IL
Steve W on Feb 14, 2020
it is purported to be a good addition to a foodplot(deer cafeteria)
doug m on Feb 6, 2020
Jerry T on Jan 28, 2020
For deer food
Terry J S on Jan 22, 2020
to pollinate my other chestnut
CYNTHIA W on Jan 19, 2020
Trying something new.
Madeline M on Jan 15, 2020
like the nut and need a shade for yard
Linda K on Jan 9, 2020
need a pollinator to go with my Auburn chestnut tree.
Mary S on Jan 1, 2020
to feed deer, improve landscape
Tate J on Dec 30, 2019
wild life feed
Mervin H on Dec 21, 2019
My brother has been lamenting the loss of Chestnut wood for carpentry work and he thought the blight had wiped them out completely. I wanted him to have a tree of his own as a nod to the future with blight resistant chestnut trees.
Kathleen R on Jun 6, 2019
I need another chestnut tree for cross pollination
virgil s on Jun 6, 2019
This is the most drought-tolerant of the chestnut trees. I have one Chinese Chestnut tree already and need a pollinator! (There were two trees, but a Jack Rabbit killed one of them - and now, I have protective guards for the chestnuts.)
Vivian G H on May 31, 2019
Previous experience. Fast grower.
BRADLEY R on May 13, 2019
Trying to provide an alternative mast crop for wildlife
Michelle B. on Mar 18, 2019
Beautiful trees, and want a variety of nut bearing trees.
Steven A on Mar 17, 2019
Never had this type of tree. We now have Horse Chestnut Trees
Lawrence K on May 8, 2018
I chose these trees for the attraction of wildlife as well as to help replenish all of the native trees in the SE that were harvested for lumber over the years. These will enhance my property value for the future as well as benefitting the wildlife.
Joseph L on Apr 28, 2018
my father always tried to grow them from chestnuts he bought in the grocery store, starting in the 1960's he wold sprout from the grocery store chestnuts and plant them outside. non of them ever made it to the 2nd year. I am planting my chestnut trees in memory of my father who passed away in 2003 at age 88
Arthur on Apr 24, 2018
Really want to help repopulate chestnut trees, so since I love them, why not???
Lynn P on May 20, 2016
I have property behind my home that I am planting for my wildlife visitors, did some research and this tree seemed perfect, a google search and Stark Bros popped up as a source. Really appreciated the recommendations made for my zip code. THANKS!
Sandra K on Apr 25, 2016
Purchased similar from Miller's
Susan G on Mar 11, 2016
Hoping it will grow
Marina B on May 6, 2021
fast growing
Dawn K on May 5, 2021
It seems to say we need a different variety to pollinate a Chinese chestnut but your suggested varieties seem to be Chinese chestnuts. What variety do you suggest we order with our Chinese chestnut?
Kathryn B on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. You can plant two or more Chinese Chestnuts or one Chinese Chestnut and a grafted Chinese variety for proper pollination.
My tree bloomed in summer and now is blooming again in late sept has that awful smell is that normal?
Michele K on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Are you 100% certain you have a Chinese Chestnut? Its blooms do not have any kind of offensive odor, as do Bradford ornamental pear trees and several other ornamental trees.
We purchased Chinese Chestnut trees from Miller's Nursury approximately 6 - 10 years ago. Of the 6-8 trees we purchased - three have survived and two finally developed burrs this year. (We have also purchased replacement Chinese Chestnut trees from you this spring to replace what we have lost). We are delighted to finally have nuts - but noted that one tree developed many burrs, but only had very, very small nuts. The other tree only had a few burrs, but their nuts were large (normal size). I am guessing it has to do with pollination, but really don't know. Do you have any idea? In the replacement trees we purchased from you, we did include the "super pollinator". Thank you for your assistance!
Martha P on Oct 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The chestnut size could be attributed to the weather while pollination was taking place. For example, if it was rainy, that might have limited the amount of pollen that reached the flowers in one tree versus the other, which would affect size and quality. It's difficult to say for certain, but it could even be that the consecutive chestnut crops and nuts simply improve in size as time goes on.
What is a good fertilizer for mature Chinese chestnut trees in SC?
Barbara H on Sep 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Chestnut trees only require occasional fertilizer, and prefer a diluted solution. We recommend Stark?? Tre-Pep (which is water-soluble) vs. a granular fertilizer:
I still have snow on the ground and my trees have shipped. What should I bo?
Leonard L on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mother Nature can be so unpredictable. :-) Here is a guide that tells you exactly what to do if you can't plant right away: //
Are they really hardy in zone 4? I'd really love some chestnut trees, but I've bought a lot of them over the years and none have ever survived 2 years. I'm about 30 miles south of the twin cities.
AlanM on Jan 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They are hardy to Zone 4 - perhaps there's another reason you haven't had good results growing Chinese chestnuts. Is the site well-drained? Chestnuts do not like "wet feet" and prefer loamy soil to clay soil. If your soil is clay-ey and wasn't amended prior to planting, that could be the problem. Did you do a soil test to see if the site is missing essential nutrients, or if the pH is ideal? All of these things impact a tree's ability to adapt to its planting site.
Once this tree is big... Will it kill the grass around it?
Roy G on Feb 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No we had large one in West Virginia and it do not shade enough to kill the
grass around it
when should I plant the chestnut trees ?
Michael on Feb 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It's never too early. As with any dormant tree, if the ground is not actually frozen and you can dig a hole, go ahead and plant. The longer you wait, the more water stress the tree will experience because its roots are not yet established. What is "too late" will vary with your local climate, but generally you can plant late if you have to as long as you take the time to provide additional water throughout the summer. The earlier the better to give roots time to grow.
How big are the nuts you are getting from these trees?
Brian H on Dec 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The trees we purchased from starks have not made nuts yet, they take more like 5 to 6 years. We finally got nuts from trees we planted 12 years ago at about the 8 years mark. Once they start making nuts they almost double in production year after year. The nuts are decent sized, maybe a little smaller than what you get in the store and they are very delicious almost??sweet.
I am getting a few nuts on my 3 yr.old trees. How long to they need to dry before eating. I have only dealt with pecans. do you boil then in the hull?
Eg122634 on Sep 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: According to my step-dad who manages 7 acres of Chinese Chestnuts, you don't need to wait, although, they tend to roast better after 1 or 2 days. He never boils them, but instead scores them & then throws about 12 of them in the microwave for 90 seconds under a damp paper towel. That or you can roast them in the oven for about 20 min.
What pollenator do you recommend for the Chinese Chestnut tree and the what pollenator for the black walnut tree?
Ray V on Mar 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately mine didn't make the winter we had last year, it did grow out new leaves after I planted it but the following season the original base plant, whatever that is, grew out from below the graft, in fact that happened to all the trees I ordered. We can have tough winters in this area and that winter was down to -25F, windy, and snow with ice to the middle of April.
I have read that the Chinese Chestnut will eventually sprout burrs. I have not seen any Chinese Chestnut trees in my area and would like to know if the burrs are a problem or a nuisance later on ?
Rafael R on Sep 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have some large Chinese chestnut trees that were here when we bought the hous. When the tree is producing nuts, you will have burrs. You have to rake them up, because if you step on them with your feet not adequately protected, it's painful.
What time of year to fertilize mature Chinese chestnut trees in SC?
Barbara H on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Chestnut trees have a deep tap root and generally don't need any fertalizer. If you want to increase nut yeilds, I've had the best luck with Azomite or granite dust from countertop fabricators (make sure they use water jets to cut the granite, if they use saws you'll get toxic levels of aluminum in the soil) since that makes sure you get all the micronutrients that might be deficient in your soil, such as trace amounts of selenium or cobalt. You don't need much, but that's how I bring back older abandoned fruit and nut trees.

Some people get larger yields through compost tea, which you can apply any time. If you want to learn lots, I suggest looking up Dr. Ingham's work, although it's mostly aimed at farm scale production.
What kind of soil should I use for the chectnut-tree to plant in our yard?
Yukio Paul T on May 5, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Chestnut trees like a well drained loamy soil composition.
Can Chinese Chestnuts be grown near Walnut tree's?
Richard K on Apr 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: According to this publication from Michigan State University chestnuts ARE susceptible to juglone toxicity
Will these trees pollinate each other or do we need a another variety to pollinate?
Kathy C on Mar 19, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No you can not use 2 of the same. For proper pollination, plant two seedlings or a grafted chestnut variety.
Do you have a pollinator for the Chinese Chestnut that will grow in my area?
poggie on Feb 21, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This variety can use the same type of seedling for pollination so 2 of these trees will work together for accurate pollination.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are these Chinese chestnuts grafted trees?
Daniel N on Jan 14, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This is a seed grown tree and not grafted.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will a another chestnut tree pollinate a Chinese chestnut?
Mary S on Apr 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I think you need a specific tree for pollination. Normally it says under the description of the tree if it needs a pollinator. I always try to make sure that I plant multiple trees Hope this helps.
How big are these trees when you order them?
michaela r on Feb 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These ship 2 - 4' tall, bare-root.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I have 2 seedlings growing will they make good Pollinators?
Have None on Aug 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, two Chinese Chestnut seedlings will pollinate one another.
Are Chinese Chestnut roots a problem for foundation or water lines?
Norma F on Aug 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree should not be planted within 30' feet of a house, septic tank or water lines.
I'm kind of confused on chestnut pollination. Is it correct that two seedlings will pollinate each other but two grafted clones will not? But a seedling Chinese chestnut will pollinate a grafted variety?
Elena A on Dec 16, 2020

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Chinese Chestnut Trees - Two Years Old In Zone 7B (Central Alabama)
I purchased two of these trees in the spring of 2018. They arrived as bare root 5/8" caliper four foot trees, and I potted them using Miracle Grow potting soil. They grew prolifically in three gallon pots and I planted them in my front yard after three months in their pots. Before the spring of 2020, they had grown to about 8 feet tall with over 1" caliper trunks and numerous sturdy branches. In May, I noticed one was developing many small chestnut burrs. The other hasn't despite it is also the same size and is planted 50 feet away in identical ground. In July, I can see the many burrs are increasing in size - can't wait to see how these chestnuts taste from such a young tree! The late arriving air pot Eaton Chestnut I also purchased in 2018 as a pollinator, and gave the same care, is still not much more than the twig on a stick I received. But it is still growing and has increased in size some ten inches of height with a number of new small branches. The Eaton may be slow growing, but the Chinese certainly aren't.
July 5, 2020
Chinese Chestnut.
Put in last year and has come back this year nicely. Second one planted in neighbor's yard and we hope they cross pollinate. Wish we still had American Chestnut, but most were gone long ago. If you plant them, they live 15 years and then break your heart. Have removed a number of Beeches, with Beech Blight, and am trying to replace with other species, mostly native to NE PA. Hope the Chinese Chestnut blends well with the Oaks and Maples and one Willow by the pond. So far, so good!
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Very Nice
I received these trees and was amazed at the size. They are little trees, not seedlings. Planted right away and hope that they grow and produce some nice chestnuts in the future. Really nice small trees.
April 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
I was a bit disheartened when I saw the trees shipped to me as they didn't have any root hairs but I planted them out along a steeply sloping driveway. Other than occasionally watering them, they were ignored. This is their second year and they are doing well. Amazing.
May 23, 2017
over 5 years ago
Trees are easy to start
I have started several of these trees in the last few years. Have had no trouble getting the to grow. They are not mature enough yet for nuts, but have had some from a friend's tree. They give fantastic eating nuts.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Very hardy.
I have a small patch of woods on my property that had a small clearing. I planted two of these in the clearing. I mulched and put up a small fence to protect them from deer. Nearly two years later and they are doing fantastic. I have never watered them, fertilized, pruned, or sprayed them. Very hardy
May 6, 2017
over 5 years ago
Chinese Chestnut Trees
Love the trees. Both I bought are still alive and kicking, and roughly 5 foot high.
I watered them for the first few months, but they seem to have settled in well.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Looking Good!
Entering the tree's second growing season it is doing quite nicely. I can't wait for it to begin producing. Although the pollinator I purchased at the same time didn't make it, I'm hoping that another Stark Brothers Chestnut that I planted several years ago will suffice.
May 14, 2017
over 5 years ago
Great trees
Trees came at the right time. All the trees were in good shape and arecovering doing well. Very glad I bought these trees from this store. Will by more from them.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
After one year, the Chinese Chestnuts I purchased are looking good and thriving. I made sure to research the best growing location for my homestead. I have no regrets and I recommend giving them a try.
June 1, 2017
over 5 years ago