Castanea mollis x pumila – Connecticut Early Chestnut


3 gallon container

7 in stock


This probable cross of Allegheny Chinquapin (C. pumila) with Chinese Chestnut (C. mollissima) has produced a tree that has the earliest ripening nuts of any chestnut. Allegheny Chinquapin is a large shrub/small tree that grows mostly from Virginia to Arkansas southward. While Chinquapin has some resistance to Chestnut Blight caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, ‘Connecticut Early’ is fully resistant by virtue of having Chinese Chestnut as one of its parents. Chinquapin nuts have a sweet flavor and are often preferred over American Chestnut (C. dentata) – much of the Chinquapin’s sweetness has been conferred upon this variety.