Japanese Chestnut (Castenea crenata)
The Japanese Chestnut is smaller than its cousins, growing to not much more than 30 feet with about an equal spread. It is hardy to zone 4, but really prefers to live in areas with hot summers such as zones 8 and 9. It has oblong alternate leaves with serrated margins. They have yellow to bronze fall color. The Japanese Chestnut is resistant to Chestnut blight. It flowers in July and the nuts fall in October. Once established this tree is very drought tolerant.
Japanese Chestnut Choices
Castanea crenata Siebold and Zuccarini are popular choices.