Chinese Chestnut


A very special selection that will be of great interest for wildlife food plots due to its later-than-typical fruiting. Discovered and trialed by Dr. James Kroll (aka “Dr. Deer”) from Stephen F. Austin State University it is invaluable for providing late fall fruit when little else is available. Large clusters of small fruit characterize this selection. Self-fertile but increased fruit set is likely with the presence of another pear cultivar nearby, and can be combined with our other earlier-fruiting selections to have a long season of fruit availability.

Pyrus sp. ‘Dr Deer’
Shipped in a 5-gallon rooted container. They're not bare-roots or seedlings.

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Not only do deer love Chinese chestnuts, but you will find them tasty as well. They can be eaten roasted, boiled, or sautéed. A prickly 2–3½" seed husk encloses 1-4 nuts and will yield a ripened nut crop from mid to late September all the way through October.
Common Name Chinese Chestnut
Scientific Name Castanea mollissima
Wildlife Value Cover,hardwood,fruit
Size 5 Gallon Rooted Container
Height 4-8'


Vegetation Zone 4-9 Green
USDA Zone 4 - 8
Exposure Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Once Established High

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4-5', 5 Gallon Rooted Container