The chestnut is a prized source of food in many cultures, most likely due to its relatively high fiber content, vitamins, minerals, and its culinary versatility. Once peeled, harvested chestnuts can be eaten raw or deep fried, but they are commonly scored and roasted, which does not require peeling. Chestnut trees and their nuts are also attractive to a wide range of wildlife, from insects to mammals, as a food source. The wood of a chestnut tree makes for an attractive and durable timber. While most native chestnut trees were wiped out by a fungus that causes chestnut blight, our chestnut varieties were specifically bred for blight-resistance so you can grow and enjoy these majestic trees.
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To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy a chestnut tree.
Your climate plays an important role in whether an chestnut tree will produce nuts or even survive. Most chestnut varieties grow well in a wide range of growing zones, from zone 4 to 9. Before ordering, be sure a particular variety’s recommended hardiness zone range includes your area.
Pollination by a different variety is key to the success of chestnut trees. Often, its absence is why trees produce poorly or don’t bear any nuts. All of our chestnut trees require the presence of a second chestnut tree for proper nut production.
All of our chestnut trees are shipped to you in our exclusive EZ Start® bottomless pots. These containers allow some roots to be air pruned as they grow out the bottom, so that a dense mass of productive feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting and establishing easier and quicker. These roots also help to accelerate growth rates and may encourage earlier nuts. When shipped to you, the trees will be approximately 1-2' tall.
To give you a head start on growing chestnut trees, we offer upgrades called Select EZ Start® potted trees for most of our varieties. When shipped to you, these top-grade selections will be somewhat larger — approximately 3-4' tall.
Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or a refund of the full purchase price.
Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:
Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.
Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.
Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.
Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.
Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.
*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.