Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Introducing the Castanea crenata var. Silverleaf Japanese Chestnut, also known as the Silverleaf Chestnut. This small, narrow, upright tree is widely adapted and blight resistant. It produces high volumes of fruits, including a large, dark brown, sweet nut that peels very well. The Silverleaf Chestnut is an early ripening tree and is also known as Castanea crenata 'Eurobella'.
Originally native to Japan and South Korea, the Japanese Chestnut (Castanea crenata) is a species of chestnut that grows to be a small to medium-sized deciduous tree, reaching a height of 10-15 meters. The leaves of the Japanese Chestnut resemble those of the Sweet Chestnut, but are usually a little smaller, measuring 8-19 cm long and 3-5 cm broad. The flowers of both sexes are borne in 7-20 cm long, upright catkins, with the male flowers located in the upper part and female flowers in the lower part of the catkins. They appear in summer, and by autumn, the female flowers develop into spiny cupules containing 3-7 brownish nuts that are shed during October.
If you're looking for a tree that produces high volumes of delicious nuts with great peeling characteristics, the Castanea crenata var. Silverleaf Japanese Chestnut is the perfect choice for you. Plus, with its early ripening and blight-resistant properties, this is a tree that is sure to thrive in a variety of climates. Learn more about the Castanea crenata var. Silverleaf Japanese Chestnut and its benefits by visiting http://plants.usda.gov.