Dunstan Chestnuts™ are the best and most widely planted chestnut trees in America - they combine the excellent nut quality and tree form with guaranteed blight resistance. There has never been an instance of Dunstan Chestnuts™ dying from the blight, and they have been grown successfully from Maine and New York, west to Illinois and Wisconsin, and south to east Texas and Florida. They are excellent for commercial and backyard orchards, and are the best tree to plant for attracting deer and wildlife.
Dunstan Chestnuts™ begin to bear in only 3-5 years, and produce heavy annual crops (never skipping a year like oaks) of very large, sweet tasting (no tannin) nuts that average 20-35/lb in size, and can produce 20 lbs/tree after only 10 years, and as much as 50-100 lbs/tree at maturity. They are easy to grow and thrive in a variety of locations. Plant at least 2 trees for pollination, but production is better with more trees when planted 20-50’ apart.
Flowers: Showy catkins
Pollination: Plant two for cross pollination
Bloom season: May
Light requirements: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained pH 5.5-7.0
Fertilization: Do not fertilize at planting with a quick release fertilizer. Once
the trees are established, fertilize in early spring (Mar-April) as
growth begins and again in early June with the start of summer rains. Do not fertilize in the fall, which could promote late season tender
growth that can be damaged by early frosts.
Pruning: Central leader
planted trees should be watered regularly (1-3x/week) through the first
summer if you plant in the spring, especially if rains are inadequate.
Water thoroughly but do not over-water; the soil should dry down
slightly between waterings. This is the most critical step in the establishment of your new trees.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9 (see Map)
Size Shipped: 18-36" Treeband container-grown 1 year tree. IN STOCK
Available for pickup at farm: Treeband, 3-gallon, 7-gallon, 15-gallon and 30-gallon trees. IN STOCK
Please call for quantity prices for larger sizes, and shipping costs.