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Chinese Chestnut

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Item #133037, Seedling. Ships 2 - 3' tall, bare-root.


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.


Bloom Color White
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Trying to provide an alternative mast crop for wildlife
Michelle B. on Mar 18, 2019
Never had this type of tree. We now have Horse Chestnut Trees
Lawrence K on May 8, 2018
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 N 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
Beautiful trees, and want a variety of nut bearing trees.
Steven A on Mar 17, 2019
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
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:
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.
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: I do not have nuts on my trees yet, they are too young. But I have read that you need to wear gloves in all processes for harvesting and shelling, wait for the nuts to fall, let them dry until the husk breaks and is easier to remove. They can be stored for a long period of time, but when you want to eat them, you cut an X into the casing of the nut and bake them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until the casing pulls from the cut. Remove the casing while the nut is still hot/warm and you have the yummy nut to eat. Once the casing is off, they do have a limited shelf-life and will need to be eaten soon or storing in a freezer. I hope that is helpful.
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: //
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 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 raised Chinese chestnuts for seven years and no burrs yet
What time of year to fertilize mature Chinese chestnut trees in SC?
Barbara H on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Am from il I fertilize in spring

Customer Reviews

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All died over winter
Grew great all spring and summer. Protected with wire and trunk guard over winter. Completely dead late spring/early summer. I live in zone 5........Might be fine in zone 6, but not very hardy for zone 5!
August 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
Poor quality chestnut plants
Ordered two trees. They arrived tall and extremely thin. One tree did not survive a mild winter. The other is so thin that it may never grow properly.
May 19, 2016
over 4 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 4 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 3 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 2 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 4 years ago
Very fast delivery. My trees budded out and put on leaves quicky and are doing really good! I planted them in an opening on my hunting property and they are growing great, I can't wait til they are big enough to start producing. I will recommend stark bros to anyone who is looking for a quality nursery!
May 7, 2017
over 3 years ago