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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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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.

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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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
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December 31, 2012
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?
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Best Answer: Arizona has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from shipping plants there.
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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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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.