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Chinese Chestnut: Castanea mollissima



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jacks chestnut trees in mansfield

Family: Fagaceae

Above:two trees in bloom, Below: chestnut flowers Use: specimen, shade trees, nuts
chinese chestnut flowers

Plant: deciduous tree to 80'

Origin: woodlands and valleys of China

: 4 - 9

: Strong nutty fragrance fills the air. Male flowers crowded on bottlebrush or lizardtail-like spikes. Fruits form from female burrs.

Foliage: glossy toothed leaves

: sunny location in rich deep soil. The American chestnut (C. dentata) was once a dominant forest until the Asian chestnut blight (Chryphonectria parasitica) wiped out most specimens. 2007, Last Updated July 8, 2007