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Chestnut Trees

 


A Chestnut tree grew in our yard years ago. In the spring, its blossoms were so pretty and in the fall, we harvested the nuts for our Christmas gifts to our neighbors. We roasted them over a fire just like in the Christmas song.

75 years ago, almost every American Chestnut tree in the country was wiped out 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 fruit is 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 the fuzzy fruit pods in 2-3 years when planted in full sun.

The Chinese Chestnut Tree is a disease and pest free cultivar that not only produces bushels of sweet chestnuts for roasting, but functions as an effective shade tree while adding ornamental value.

The Chinese Chestnut is a medium-sized tree, maturing to heights of about 40-60 feet with a 40 foot spread. Densely branched and packed with glossy emerald green leaves, this deciduous beauty adds an air of exotic elegance while providing much needed relief from the energy zapping rays of summer.

One Chinese Chestnut tree can provide up to 50 pounds of large, meaty nuts that are equally sweet and nutritious. Simply plant two for the purposes of pollination, and you’ll be off to harvesting your very own nuts in no time.

You are ready to collect your delectable crop of nuts when the decorative barbed capsules that add interest to the tree all summer begin to crack open. Then the nuts are ready for harvest, just in time for holiday roasting.

Hardy in zones 4-8, the Chinese Chestnut tree is disease resistant, drought tolerant, and adaptable to most soil types. Growing relatively quickly, this chestnut tree is practically maintenance free and will be a welcome addition anywhere you want to create a shady summer retreat.

The Chinese Chestnut tree brings yellow and gold colors to your autumn landscape and looks amazing when planted near our Autumn Purple Ash or Scarlet Red Maple.