Castanea mollissima--Chinese Chestnut

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Castanea mollissima--Chinese Chestnut

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Chinese chestnut reaches a height and of spread 30 to 40 feet in a sunny exposure and a well drained soil. The tree is not tolerant of pruning and is hard to transplant. The chief ornamental feature is yellowish white catkins present in early summer. The odor given off by the flowers may be considered offensive to some people. The nuts are edible but not as sweet as the American chestnut. Two cultivars are needed for cross pollination and nut production. In cold climates the growing season may not be long enough for the nuts to mature.

The four cultivars listed have been selected for their nut production; 'abundance', 'meiling',' nanking', and 'kuling'.

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