Chinese Chestnut Castanea mollissima

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Botanical Name:

Castanea mollissima

Family:

Fagaceae

Genus:

Castanea

Species:

mollissima

Common Name:

Chinese Chestnut

Height:
70-80 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
4

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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.
In a Nutshell:
* Plants can fruit in 5 - 7 years from seed and yields from mature trees are around 25 - 60 kilos per tree.
* It makes an excellent food and can be used as a staple food in much the same way as potatoes or cereals. The skin (or pellicle) of the seed is easily peeled. more...
* Chinese chestnuts have evolved over a long period of time in coexistence with the bark fungal disease chestnut blight and have evolved a very successful resistance to the blight, probably more so than any other species of chestnut.
* The nuts also provide a significant food source for wildlife. more...