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American Chestnut

American Chestnut

American Chestnut

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Bringing back the spreading chestnut tree! A fast growing tree that grows 3-5 feet a year. Collect and roast the sweet chestnuts in the fall.

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American Chestnut

An Attractive Shade Tree with Sweetly Flavored Nuts

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I remember my grandparents telling me about their chestnut trees... and their delicious fruit.

They’d collect the nuts every October, peel the skins away and roast them over a fire just like in the Christmas song.

Sadly, almost every american chestnut tree in the country was wiped out 75 years ago by a foreign fungal disease.

Since then, teams of horticulturists have worked hard to bring back the American Chestnut tree... but with improved disease resistance.

It worked. The new American Chestnut is even better than the original. It's easier to grow, but still gives you rich, flavorful chestnuts in the fall.

A mature tree can reach 70 feet and spread 50 feet or more.

The nuts are formed on drooping, yellow catkins that form feathery masses in late spring. Plant several chestnuts near each other to pollinate for fruit.

Trees usually start bearing nuts in 2-3 years when planted in full sun.

I use roasted chestnuts as a compliment to vegetables, in a classic Thanksgiving stuffing or as a snack all by themselves. .

Growing Zones: 3-8

Mature Height: 70 ft.
Mature Width: 50 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Castanea dentata
Does not ship to: AZ, CA, FL, LA, OR, WA
Growing Zones 3-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-8
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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your American Chestnut can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

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It's Easy to Plant your American Chestnut

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Chestnut.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Chestnut gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Chestnut again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Ignacio Suarez
Very unhappy. I only got a "twig" at the end of last year. I planted and wait until spring this year. It never come up. I contacted them and they refuse to send me a replacement. Very disappointed!

By: Richard L. Ervin
I bought two Chestnut trees. One died after several months. The other may survive. I have other trees in the immediate area which are doing fine. I guess I got a couple of bad ones.
Richard Ervin

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why don't you ship to Arizona?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: Arizona has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from shipping plants there.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 18, 2014
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