How to tell the Difference Between American and Chinese Chestnuts
by John Peterson and Jeff Kirwan, Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Of course, a hybrid between American and Chinese chestnuts DOES exist. According to Lucille Griffin with the American Chestnut Cooperators' Foundation, "Hybrid chestnuts from American mother trees, strongly resemble American chestnuts in every way and can be distinguished only by microscopic examination of leaf hairs."
For more information visit the Dendrology at Virginia Tech Fact Sheets:
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima)