Castanea Mollissima - chinese chestnut

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  1. pmurphy

    pmurphy Active Member

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    A zone 4a deciduous tree 20 to 30 ft tall that produces tasty edible nuts - about 5 years ago I was looking to purchase some nuts to roast at Christmas so I went to Real Canadian Superstore and found some that were actually starting to sprout in the bins.......I couldn't pass them up.
    But I must admit these flower spikes do have a bit of a funky odor to them.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I saw some sort of Castanea in bloom yesterday - it was spectacular.
    Nice that you had the room to take advantage of the sprouting seeds.
     
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    I ended up with two trees (both are flowering right now) so I'll let you know if I get anything off them.
     
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    Here is an image of the developing nuts...

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  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Strikingly early flower development - over here, Castanea sativa hasn't even started flowering yet.
     

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