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Chinese Chestnut

Available Spring 2017

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Description

Hearty and attractive! Easy-to-grow, so you can enjoy the crispest, sweetest chestnuts for fresh-eating, roasting, boiling, or baking. Tree has a fast growth habit with an attractive, spreading form. Seedling. Chinese chestnut. Disease-resistant to chestnut blight. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. For proper pollination, plant two seedlings or a grafted chestnut variety.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
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.

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Really want to help repopulate chestnut trees, so since I love them, why not???
Lynn P on May 20, 2016
Purchased similar from Miller's
Susan G on Mar 11, 2016
Really want to help repopulate chestnut trees, so since I love them, why not???
Lynn P on May 20, 2016
I have property behind my home that I am planting for my wildlife visitors, did some research and this tree seemed perfect, a google search and Stark Bros popped up as a source. Really appreciated the recommendations made for my zip code. THANKS!
Sandra K on Apr 25, 2016
Purchased similar from Miller's
Susan G on Mar 11, 2016
I have property behind my home that I am planting for my wildlife visitors, did some research and this tree seemed perfect, a google search and Stark Bros popped up as a source. Really appreciated the recommendations made for my zip code. THANKS!
Sandra K on Apr 25, 2016
It seems to say we need a different variety to pollinate a Chinese chestnut but your suggested varieties seem to be Chinese chestnuts. What variety do you suggest we order with our Chinese chestnut?
Kathryn B on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. You can plant two or more Chinese Chestnuts or one Chinese Chestnut and a grafted Chinese variety for proper pollination.
We purchased Chinese Chestnut trees from Miller's Nursury approximately 6 - 10 years ago. Of the 6-8 trees we purchased - three have survived and two finally developed burrs this year. (We have also purchased replacement Chinese Chestnut trees from you this spring to replace what we have lost). We are delighted to finally have nuts - but noted that one tree developed many burrs, but only had very, very small nuts. The other tree only had a few burrs, but their nuts were large (normal size). I am guessing it has to do with pollination, but really don't know. Do you have any idea? In the replacement trees we purchased from you, we did include the "super pollinator". Thank you for your assistance!
Martha P on Oct 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The chestnut size could be attributed to the weather while pollination was taking place. For example, if it was rainy, that might have limited the amount of pollen that reached the flowers in one tree versus the other, which would affect size and quality. It's difficult to say for certain, but it could even be that the consecutive chestnut crops and nuts simply improve in size as time goes on.
What time of year to fertilize mature Chinese chestnut trees in SC?
Barbara H on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Am from il I fertilize in spring
What is a good fertilizer for mature Chinese chestnut trees in SC?
Barbara H on Sep 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Chestnut trees only require occasional fertilizer, and prefer a diluted solution. We recommend Stark?? Tre-Pep (which is water-soluble) vs. a granular fertilizer:

http://www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/soil-additives/stark-tre-pep-fertilizer

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Very Nice
I received these trees and was amazed at the size. They are little trees, not seedlings. Planted right away and hope that they grow and produce some nice chestnuts in the future. Really nice small trees.
April 17, 2016
Purchased
7 months ago
Great trees
Trees came at the right time. All the trees were in good shape and arecovering doing well. Very glad I bought these trees from this store. Will by more from them.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Chinese Chestnut.
Put in last year and has come back this year nicely. Second one planted in neighbor's yard and we hope they cross pollinate. Wish we still had American Chestnut, but most were gone long ago. If you plant them, they live 15 years and then break your heart. Have removed a number of Beeches, with Beech Blight, and am trying to replace with other species, mostly native to NE PA. Hope the Chinese Chestnut blends well with the Oaks and Maples and one Willow by the pond. So far, so good!
May 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Trees are easy to start
I have started several of these trees in the last few years. Have had no trouble getting the to grow. They are not mature enough yet for nuts, but have had some from a friend's tree. They give fantastic eating nuts.
May 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
All died over winter
Grew great all spring and summer. Protected with wire and trunk guard over winter. Completely dead late spring/early summer. I live in zone 5........Might be fine in zone 6, but not very hardy for zone 5!
August 15, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Chinese Chestnut Trees
Love the trees. Both I bought are still alive and kicking, and roughly 5 foot high.
I watered them for the first few months, but they seem to have settled in well.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Poor quality chestnut plants
Ordered two trees. They arrived tall and extremely thin. One tree did not survive a mild winter. The other is so thin that it may never grow properly.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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