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Planting Chestnut trees.. anyone?
Can you tell me about your experience? Thx ,Danny
I have planted American Chestnut that were crossed with a chinese then crossed to American x 15.
My father got them from a big University up north in 80s.
Had several and they bear heavy. They would sprout and grow small saplings readily.
I took some and brought them to Tenn.
They are 40ft now. They grow massive tap roots so you must transplant when very small.
Great eating and will grow burrs and nuts in about 5-6yrs.
These teees grow fast and grow to 80ft tall or more.
Hedge hunter is correct. I have both Chinese and dunstans 6 years old. All stated producing in years 4 and increased in year 5. They don’t do well with wet feet.
How would they do on dry soil?
I don't think dunstan chestnuts like the cold. All four I have in the backyard have not leafed out yet.
I’m in year 3. Growing nicely. Got from Washington Chestnut Co. More cold tolerant species.
My dunstans are in southern Illinois. We get below zero here each winter. They leaf out about the same time as white oak
In east central Wisconsin. Planted 20. Have 15 left. The 5 that died were in a lower area. Found out after they don’t like wet feet. At all!!!! Bought mine from Walmart which are the real tree brand. I would spend the money on the 7 gallon pot trees, they’ve done much better. I am happy with them so far. Got about 5 gallons of nuts off of 5 trees last year. They others are coming along. U have to fence them or the deer will destroy them. Treat them like a fruit tree.
If u buy them at Walmart save the receipt, they will replace or refund them up to 1 year later. Just yank, them out of the ground and take them into the store and they’ll refund u
Got a bunch planted... they are growing slow for me. I hope to see nuts someday.
Wishedhead X2. My smaller trees aren’t growing very quickly, whereas the trees that I bought in the bigger pots did very well. Definitely cage them and wrap the trunks with window screening as well to keep the rabbits and voles at bay. I’d recommend doing that THE DAY you plant the tree! Don’t plant it, then say” I’ll protect them later. It won’t get done. Been there...done that:-( Even if you put them in tubes, I’d still recommend wrapping the trunks.
Yes you must wire them or deer will rub them out.
The trees i have were polinatted by a tree ( old growth American) from TN. Were grown in CT then brought to Tenn as 2yr olds.
Yes, they do well in Well drained soil . Once they hit 6-8 yrs they really grow quickly here. Slower farther north you go.
They are a pretty tree.
I just bought 9 dunstan chesnuts to plant here in Ohio, hopefully they all live.
I’ve got 60 Dunstans that I stratisfied this winter and have them in very small pots now. Hope I end up with 30 mature trees some day.
Trying to get some to plant in Oklahoma.. i can’t seem to find any. But I’ll jeep trying. Thank you for all the great responses.
I've planted both Chinese Chestnuts and Dunstan chestnuts here in SW PA (zone 6). I do have them in some areas that are seasonally wet. The spots are soggy all winter and until mid spring during most years. Most are doing okay. My better trees are in spots that are a little less wet, but my entire property is considered anything but dry. I've had 5' Dunstan that I got from Walmart and Rural King make nuts in 3 years. I've also direct seeded some chestnuts with limited success. But I confess that those trees have not been treated with kid gloves. They've been set back by deer damage and weed competition. They would probably take off if I treated them a little better.
Always dug mine from under the big ones my father had. Squirrels planted them.
I planted 11 two-year-old Dunstan's in 2017. They're looking pretty good so far. I'm in western NC, zone 6b. I wouldn't be surprised to see a catkin this year.
Those are eleven? When were they transplanted to current location?
These are nuts from year 6-7, tree maybe 13-15 then. Pushing 35ft now.
No, they are 4 years old. I planted eleven two-year-old trees.
Weekender, whats the bucket inside the cage for?
Sean...most likely it’s to water the tree. You can drill a small hole in the bottom of the bucket, and it slowly trickles out. Kind of a poor man’s drip irrigation. Works really well. The only problem I ever had doing this is, sometimes the small hole will scum over and plug up.
"Weekender, whats the bucket inside the cage for?"
I live 4600 miles (not a typo) from my property. The 5 gallon Lowes buckets have 4 small holes drilled towards the bottom. This allows the trees to take advantage of water from pop-up thunderstorms that are common in the Appalachians all summer. Typically rain from a 2" downpour would mostly run off down the hill. The buckets distribute the water at a slow rate. The buckets also make watering easier even if you live close by. Not my idea, got it from threads on Habitat Talk and the deer hunter forum.
Some are 5 years old some are 3 Dunstan.