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Auburn Homestead Chestnut

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Description

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. Known-parent seedling. 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.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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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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 M on Nov 6, 2016
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 M on Nov 6, 2016
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: www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/bonide-citrus-fruit-and-nut-orchard-spray. 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.
Do you have any native chestnut trees adapted to be immune to the chestnut light?
Ralph
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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