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CHINESE CHESTNUT
Castanea mollissima

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Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA.

General Notes

Prefers non-alkaline soil conditions.

Has Unpleasant Pollen fragrance.

Native to China.

Family: Fagaceae

Tree Characteristics

Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 35 - 40 feet.

Width: 40 - 50 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Lanceolate to Oblong, Medium to Dark Green, Bronze or Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Cream or White. Flowers in Summer. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown Nut enclosed in Spiny Involucre, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall Edible.

Bark Dark Gray or Light Green, Furrowed or Ridged.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 14 - 17.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Medium in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Armillaria and Chlorosis.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Attracts Squirrels.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Castanea mollissima Tree Record." 1995-2019. Jan 15, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/castanea-mollissima >

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