Tall, robust, single-stemmed, quick-growing trees reaching 50′ or more at maturity. Watch out for the spiny burrs!
Our Chestnuts are grown from stock that includes Chinese Chestnut and other hybrid Asian chestnuts, thus are often Asian species hybrids. Trees we offer may be Castanea Mollissima or hybrids of other Asian species, not including Castanea Dentata (American Chestnut).
There is diversity among the genetics of our Chestnut hybrids.
The trees do not require regular pruning.
Perhaps one of the best pollinator trees for New England and other Eastern states, Chestnuts produce malodorous, long, skinny flowers (known as catkins) from Jun-Aug. It is common at this time of year to hear intense buzzing in the canopies of these trees. Pollinators include bees, wasps, flies, moths, and butterflies. Vernal pools with Chestnut leaves in them are known to greatly improve the survival rate of amphibians.
From Sept-Oct, mature nuts emerge from spiny burrs. Each burr contains 1-3 nuts. Nuts are incredibly sweet, with a slight floral scent and flavor, and excellent crispness. They are easily peeled raw and store well over winter. Nuts are irresistible to squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents. Leaves turn brilliantly yellow in fall before fading to brown and often remain on the tree well into the winter.
Requires 2 plants for cross-pollination.
Will produce nuts 4-6 years after planting.
Produces up to 20 lb of nuts per tree per season,
Full sun; sandy, loamy, or clay soils.
Grows up to 2+’ per year until max height is reached.
For optimal results, apply organic mulch. If planted in spring or summer, keep well watered.
DISCLAIMER: SOME STATES PROHIBIT CHESTNUT TREES, INCLUDING HYBRIDS. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL UNIVERSITY EXTENSION OFFICE BEFORE PURCHASE.
WE CAN NOT SHIP CASTANEA SPECIES TO CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OR WASHINGTON