Eaton Chestnut

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Grow healthy, low-fat chestnuts! Tree resembles Chinese chestnut trees with ornamental, glossy leaves. Attractive white catkins bloom in spring. Medium- to large-size nuts have excellent flavor and sweetness. Taste is comparable to American chestnuts. Averages more than 30 nuts per pound. Keeps well. Originates from Connecticut. Hybrid 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 Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September
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
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.


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.

Questions & Answers

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If I plant two Eaton Chestnuts, will they be able to pollinate each other, or do I need the second tree to be from a different variety?
Michelle W on Sep 9, 2016
I am in a growing zone 5B and I have been warned that Chestnuts grow in similar regions to peaches. Should I be worried about winter damage with this variety? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
Trevor H on Jul 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This variety is recommended to grow in zone 4, so it should be able to withstand typical winters in your zone. Chestnut trees, like other fruit and nut trees, may be sensitive to late spring frosts when they are blooming, so try to select a planting site that is not prone to frost pockets (like higher ground) and you can help avoid some frost issues.

Customer Reviews

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Healthy But Still A Twig
My Eaton Chestnut is healthy but still attached to the bamboo stake it came with. It still needs that stake to support its small trunk. I'll just be glad to see it eventually grow thick enough to remove the stake. So far, it's a very slow growing tree here in zone 7B - despite having been potted in Miracle Grow potting soil for 6 months before planting this spring. It has also received proper use of Stark tree prep. The Chinese Chestnut trees I bought last year are a whole different story - and now over 6 feet tall with thick 1 inch plus trunks.
July 21, 2019
Very slow growth
The third season and still a twig. It might take five more years to reach 10 feet
May 13, 2017
over 5 years ago
Trees are looking good
I bought 2 Eaton selects in 2015. After one year they are growing nicely and have good foliage. I am also very happy with Stark Bros customer service. They replaced two trees (not the Eaton selects) that did not survive - free of charge. I will buy more chestnut trees from Stark Bros in 2017.
May 30, 2016
over 6 years ago
I won't give up on you, yet
Well, I want to like this tree, i ordered it to replace a Chestnut sapling that got a split trunk in a harsh winter. The first year, it kind of just hung on even though it was watered steadily all through the summer months.and the lower trunk was protected. Same situation so far this year, it appears alive and here's to hoping for bigger and better things in 2018 for this little guy.
May 2, 2018
over 4 years ago
Eaton Chestnut
Seedling arrived with stress in lower stem It was planted with support and survived the season. This spring it was dead. I'm still hoping for a sucker from the root, but doubtful. Eaton is a good variety.

At 80, I'm a little old to replant.

Respectfully, Jon Royer
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
Survived 20 below.
Good tough tree. Survived a big winter. Starks was kind to check on me.
June 6, 2019
over 2 years ago
Our Eaton Chestnut tree are Great
Our Eaton Chestnut trees are really starting to grow. We can't wait until they start producing chestnuts. They are beautiful small trees at this time. Great buy.
June 18, 2019
over 2 years ago