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Castanea mollissima


Chinese chestnut 'Liu'

In Stock: 5 lb (Total:5lb)
  • Castanea mollissima Liu

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5 lb


Germination test:
Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
5 lb
Collected in:
South Carolina
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: can be fall sown without stratification. 

This chestnut variety is classified under the chestnut family, particularly the Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima). As with other variations of this species, this chestnut tree is highly resistant to various diseases and pests, including the dreadful chestnut blight disease.
The reddish leaves and burs offer an unique aesthetic appeal, marking a distinct divergence from the usual green foliage of Chinese Chestnut trees. The color varies from a deeper red during its budding phase, to a lighter, more subtle hue as the leaves mature and expand.
The nuts produced by this cultivar are noteworthy for their low susceptibility to blossom end rot, a common disease amongst chestnut trees that often ruins the nut before it can fully mature. This resistance leads to a higher yield of edible chestnut, offering a larger harvest for consumption or sales.
Additionally, these nuts have an exceptionally high storage life, remaining fresh for longer periods compared to nuts from other cultivars. This extends their usability for culinary purposes and reduces the waste from spoiled nuts. Per our collector, about 25% of the seeds continue the red genetic trait. As with all open pollinated seeds, there is no guarantee seedlings will 100% resemble the mother tree.
Due to its uncompromisingly good genetic makeup, high disease resistance, and striking reddish foliage, this seedling is indeed an outstanding addition to the Nanjing Botanical Garden's collection of fine cultivars. This strong performance demonstrates the potential for further study and propagation for commercial and environmental purposes.

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