Auburn Homestead Chestnut

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Consistent producer. Bears medium-to-large nuts with sweet flavor and firm texture. Nuts are best enjoyed cooked (often roasted) in pastries, stuffing, and traditional holiday dishes. Averages 30 nuts per pound. Resistant to gall wasps. Originates from Auburn, Alabama. Chinese chestnut. Disease-resistant to chestnut blight. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late-September. For proper pollination, plant two selected seedlings or a grafted chestnut variety.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest September/october
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 30 - 40' tall x 30 - 40' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 40 - 50' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow chestnut trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Recommended by U of Missouri for chestnut production in Nebraska
BRAD K on Nov 26, 2020
Bought this to go with the pollinator, in hopes of getting chestnuts going on the farm.
Old Cranky Surveyor on Feb 2, 2019
Recommended by U of Missouri for chestnut production in Nebraska
BRAD K on Nov 26, 2020
Suitable for my location and resistant to disease
Paul G on Feb 9, 2019
Bought this to go with the pollinator, in hopes of getting chestnuts going on the farm.
Old Cranky Surveyor on Feb 2, 2019
Edible, blight resistant
RUSSEL M on Oct 13, 2018
I wanted to start Chestnuts for deer and possible roasting. And I need two for pollination. (Colossal)
Mark on Sep 10, 2018
Always wanted a chestnut tree!
Timothy C on Apr 21, 2018
We have a chestnut tree (unknown variety) that produces pods with very small chestnuts (2 per pod). Hoping this will be the pollinator we need to produce edible chestnuts.
lloyd on Nov 6, 2016
Suitable for my location and resistant to disease
Paul G on Feb 9, 2019
Edible, blight resistant
RUSSEL M on Oct 13, 2018
white worms in my chestnuts?
Laura L on Jan 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They are likely to be weevils. To find out if your tree is infected, spread a tarp under the tree and shake the branches. Chestnut weevils prefer early ripening trees, so check those first. Spray your trees with an insecticide containing the active ingredient carbaryl, beginning in late July when weevils begin landing to lay eggs. This will do it: Spray four weekly applications at the rate of 3 to 3-3/4 ounces per 1,000 square feet and that should take care of them.
What size does this Auburn Homestead grow?
Charles D on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These mature 30-40 feet.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do you have any native chestnut trees adapted to be immune to the chestnut light?
ralph s on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is according to The American Chestnut Foundation:

Blight resistance can take on a variety of different meanings depending on your point of view. An important distinction is that we cannot develop trees that are immune to the blight. No species of chestnut is immune to blight, since all of them can get the disease. However, several species are resistant to the blight; they get the disease, but only mild cases. High levels of blight resistance are found in Asian species of chestnut, and the Chinese chestnut, C. mollissima, has the highest levels of resistance that have been measured.

American chestnuts are not immune to blight, although there a several national programs to bring the tree back into the evolutionary cycle.

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During the spring of 2016 I drove to the Strak outlet store in Louisanna , MO where I bought one Auburn Homestead and one Eaton chestnut tree. during that same spring I also bought and planted three Dunstead chestnut trees from a different source. I planted all five trees the same way; diging three foot wide by 18 inch deep holes and then mixing the mainly clay based soil 50% with composted grass and garden waste compost. I should note all trees were planted on an incline as I had read that helped the root system in clay based soil. I gave all five trees a deep watering at planting with "Root & Grow" root stimulator and there after watered them during the dryer summer months. All five trees grew from 18" to 20" sticks to at least 6 foot by fall. I was really impressed, with a AU Homestead at 7 foot. Now, here is the most important advise I can give anyone planting chestnuts-PUT A WIRE PLANT CAGE AROUND YOUR TREES TO KEEP THE DEER FROM DESTROYING THEM. By late Nov 16 deer had ate off all the side branchs and stripped off the bark. The spring of 2017 found me with all 5 trees barked almost to the ground. I cut all trees back to the point where their was still bark. The AU Homestaed and the Dunstuns all sent up new shouts that spring, while the Eaton did not-it was stripped of bark all the way to the ground. The AU Homested grew an to 8 ft during the summer of 2017, and the Dunstuns between 5 and 6 foot. I was totally imprtessed with the AU Homestaed ability to recover and grow so big. I would have applied for a free replacement Eaton, but lost the sales receipt. All I can say about Stark chestnuts is; they are tough and they grtow.
October 19, 2017
Growing well!
Great looking tree. I followed planting instructions and the tree is growing great. No issues with this one.
May 27, 2019
over 3 years ago