The Castanea Dentata x Mollissima - Hybrid American Chestnut tree is the result in the search for a blight-resistant chestnut through a breeding program for eventual reforestation. Because the original American Chestnut was near extinction due to a fatal, quick spreading fungal infection in the 1950's, this hybrid was created to not only be more disease hardy but keep all the characteristics of the original chestnut tree.
The leaves to this deciduous tree are a matte green and lanceolate-shaped with prominent teeth, these later turn to shades of yellow, gold or brown during autumn months. Blooms creamy-white long catkins That can grow 4” to 8" in the summer and release a sweet fragrance. Once pollinated cluster of sharp, spiny green bur or cupule emerge turn to a yellowish-brown once mature. Inside are multiple edible nuts that have a dark brown shiny husk, flattened side and pointed edge with a creamy-white spongey texture and buttery, sweet, nutty flavor.
Plant at least 2 American Chestnuts to facilitate cross pollination.
Needs around 40' of space for growth, but at least 100' for cross pollination.
Full sun to partial sun.
Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
Native to North America
Drought tolerant once established.
Due to California Department of Agriculture, we cannot ship this item to the state of California.