Qing Chestnut

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Vigorous and consistently productive. Spreading growth habit makes for an attractive shade tree in the landscape. Attractive white catkins in spring followed by numerous chestnut-containing burs. Shucks split open when nuts are ripe, containing 1-3 dark brown nuts. Averages 20-30 nuts per pound. Peels easily and has sweet flavor. Stores well. Known-parent seedling. Chinese chestnut. Disease-resistant to chestnut blight. Cold-hardy. Ripens in October. For proper pollination, plant two selected seedlings or a grafted chestnut variety.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 4
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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Good eating fresh or roasted, and quick fruiting.
David S on Oct 29, 2018
cold hardy and resistant to chestnut blight
Ronda C on Sep 4, 2018
Good eating fresh or roasted, and quick fruiting.
David S on Oct 29, 2018
Cross pollination
RUSSEL M on Oct 13, 2018
cold hardy and resistant to chestnut blight
Ronda C on Sep 4, 2018
Cross pollination
RUSSEL M on Oct 13, 2018
None of the chestnut trees specify size at maturity or spacing requirements... Can you please share this information so I can decide if I have the room to plant them?
Colleen L on Jul 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Presuming you are not growing chestnuts for farming purposes, the trees should be planted no closer than 40' apart.
Are Chinese & Qing chestnut compatible pollinators if planted together?
mark s on Aug 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are, or you could just plant two Qings.
Does these nuts have a hard and thick shell?
David B on Jul 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Chestnuts have a thin shell that's papery, but they are inside squirrel-proof burrs when they drop. They are far easier to peel and eat in my experience than any other nut, including paper shelled pecans.

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Have had this in the ground and all is well. Plant arrived happy and healthy and is doing well through this Spring. Had to cage them as the deer will browse and horn them. Hopefully in a few years it will be bearing well. Just like my other trees from Stark. Am a real fan of the rooted in soil trees from Stark.
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago