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CHINESE CHESTNUT TREE

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Planting and Care Facts (pdf)Zone: 5-9 Chestnut Size Info

Size: Tall 2 Gal., 2-3 Ft.

Size: 3 Gal., 3-4 Ft.

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Product Description

Note: We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants to international countries, or the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, no citrus trees can be shipped outside of the state of Florida.

Chinese Chestnut- Blight Resistant Trees

When the Chestnut Blight hit the states in the early 1900’s, the Chinese chestnut Castanea mollissima was brought in as a replacement. Resistant to this fatal disease it grows to be a magnificent tree. Nuts are down right delicious, excellent roasted and made into breads, stuffing’s and soups. Give these guys room – they’ll grow 40-ft with a spread of 50ft! These are seedling trees and will usually start bearing in three to five years. You’ll need two trees for pollination. Nuts ripens late September. Zones 5-9.

Additional Information

Pot Size

3 Gal, Tall 2 Gal.

Plant Height

2-3 Ft., 3-4 Ft.

Planting Zone

5-9

Pollinator

Pollinate different variety of chestnut to pollinate

Ripening Season

Late September

Choosing the Right Chestnut Variety…

Dunstan Hybrid Chestnut 3The American Chestnut is back! The forests of eastern North America were once dominated by the American Chestnut. Massive trees often reached 120 feet tall on trunks to 13 feet across. The wood was esteemed as a premier cabinet and furniture making material, as versatile as oak, but easier to work and more beautiful. Beginning around 1900, blight struck the American Chestnut, and by 1950, only a few small, isolated stands remained. Researchers collected genetic material from those surviving trees and began to cross them with the blight-resistant Chinese Chestnut. Several varieties were developed and tested in groves that had been inoculated with the deadly blight. We are happy to report that no blight has been found in the original test orchards. We hope you will join us in bringing back the great American Chestnut! These new American crosses have larger nuts than the Chinese Chestnut, with a sweet crunchy, chinquapin flavor. They are delicious fresh, steamed or roasted, or they can be dried and ground into a sweet flour for making cakes and breads.

POLLINATION

Two are required for pollination.

 

Landscaping with Chestnut Trees…..

Create your own edible forest with the large, coarsely textured leaves and broad, umbrella shaped canopy of chestnut, mixed with the willowy beauty of pecan and the broad, heart-shaped leaves of mulberry.

LANDSCAPING WITH CHESTNUT TREES Open Me)

Landscaping with Chestnut Trees…..

LEARN WHERE AND HOW TO PLANT YOUR CHESTNUT TREES (Open Me)

SITE SELECTION AND CORRECT SPACING FOR CHESTNUT TREES

Well-drained, deep soils are preferred, but chestnuts will grow on many soil types. Trees will grow more vigorously and produce more nuts in full sun. Two are required for pollination, either 2 seedlings or different varieties from named cultivars. Plant 30 to 50 feet apart for best results—these will be full-sized shade trees.

GETTING THE SOIL RIGHT AND PLANTING CHESTNUT TREES

Chestnuts prefer acid soil (pH 4.5-5.5). If you are in doubt about the acidity of your soil, take a sample to the Cooperative Extension Agent in your county for a soil test. Dig a planting hole approximately three times the width of the pot and at the same depth as the root ball. Set that soil aside and mix it 50/50 with either peat moss or rotted pine bark. Do NOT use manure or mushroom compost. Remove the plant from the pot, gently loosen the root ball and place in the planting hole. To avoid burying too deep, make sure plant is positioned with the top most roots at the soil line. Fill the planting hole with the mix of soil and organic matter; gently tamp it in. Water thoroughly to settle the roots and eliminate air pockets. Do NOT put fertilizer in the planting hole. Only apply fertilizer if it is the correct time of year (see Fertilization section below).
If desired, construct a water basin around the base of the tree approximately 36 inches in diameter. Mulch in spring and summer with approximately 4-6 inches of mulch. Pine bark, leaves or pine straw are all good mulches for Chestnuts. Pull mulch a couple of inches away from the trunk for good air circulation.

LEARN HOW TO FERTILIZE AND WATER YOUR CHESTNUT TREES (Open Me)

FERTILIZING CHESTNUT TREES

The type of fertilizer you choose may be chemical or organic. Make sure that the fertilizer contains iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, copper and boron. These minor elements are very important to plants and most soils are low in these elements. Application rates vary according to age of plant.

See chart below.

FERTILIZING CHESTNUT  TREES
10-10-10 or 10-0-10 with minerals

1 cup per each year of trees life

-Max out at 9 cups on Mature Trees

Espoma Citrus Tone

(Organic)

 

6 cups for 1 year old

10 cups for 2 year old (4-6ft)

18 cups for 7-9ft tree

24 cups for tree over 9ft

Spread the fertilizer evenly under the entire canopy of the plant avoiding a 5-inch area around the trunk. Water or rake in. For Zones 9-10, fertilize 3 times each year in late February, late May and late July/early August. For plants further north (Zones 7-8b), fertilize in March or after bud break. Never fertilize after August (June in Zones 7-8b) as this will promote new growth late in the year which will be subject to freeze damage.

WATERING CHESTNUT TREES

The first year is the critical time for the establishment of a new chestnut. Water thoroughly twice a week on light soils and once a week on clay soils. Soak the entire root system deeply – this usually takes 40-50 minutes. Chestnuts should receive at least 1 inch of water each week for best growth and fruit production. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Fruit may drop prematurely if insufficiently irrigated during dry spells.

LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR CHESTNUT TREES (Open Me)

PRUNING CHESTNUT TREES

Chestnuts have few pests and diseases. Occasional pruning is necessary to open the center of the tree for greater light and air penetration. Remove crossing, dead or damaged branches as needed.

LEARN HOW TO HARVEST YOUR CHESTNUT TREES (Open Me)

HARVESTING CHESTNUT TREES

Typically it can take 4-5 years before a chestnut tree will produce nuts. Nuts should be allowed to thoroughly ripen on the tree for best quality and flavor. Wait until they fall from the tree to gather them. Remember your gloves because the outer husk is spiny! 

LEARN HOW TO CONTROL INSECTS AND DISEASE ON YOUR CHESTNUT TREES (Open Me)

If you’ve chosen a Blight resistant variety of chestnut then your trees should be free of disease and insects. 

Always remember that good disease resistance begins with the health of the plant. Plants stressed from lack of water, not enough sun or being under fed are more susceptible to disease and insects.  Maintaining good sanitation practices in the orchard is most important. The removal of diseased and dead wood, and picking up fallen or rotting fruit off the trees as it occurs, will go a long way in keeping disease and insects at a minimum. Spray at first sign of an issue, rather than waiting until the problem is out of hand will go a long way to keeping your plants healthy and fruiting properly.