We planted 45 of the Dunstans here between 2012-13. Only 5 died, and they were in a very dry area. That's my fault for not watering them more. I used tubes/stakes and surrounded them all with 2"x4"x 4' tall welded wire and either grass mats or mulch on all but 2. I ran out of mats/mulch on them. We also used fertilizer spikes on them. 2 spikes per tree. I have to fence them in or the buck will tear them up and the deer will eat the leaves/shoots from the top of the tubes. The Persimmons are doing much better than I expected!! I didn't think they'd make it through our winters here in N.E. PA. The Crabapples I figured would do fine as we have other mature crabs here on the property. The Sawtooth Oaks are all growing. Some stronger than others. Our Branch will be having another tree sale in the Spring. We already have much interest and will be taking pre-orders soon!! Thanks.
Susquehanna Branch VP
A big Thank you to all of you at Real Tree Nursery that helped to make our QDMA tree sale a sucess with the reduced tree and freight pricing.
Thank you from the Susquehanna Branch.
Matthew Sellers The deer in the photos above were taken at the Black's Orchard in Pike County, IL.
The Black's Orchard tree pictures below were taken in June 2011.
"We planted 62 Dunstan Chestnuts in 2000, along with 800 Collosal, Marigoule and Maraval chestnuts at our farm in northern Connecticut. We are surrounded by American chestnuts in the nearby forests, both dead trees and suckers resprouting from the roots, so there is a lot of blight. All 800 of the other chestnuts have died, but we have not lost a single Dunstan Chestnut. This year (2010) we harvested 400 lbs of nuts from the 62 Dunstan trees. They produce beautiful, mostly large nuts."
- Bruce Luginbuhl, Little Pops Popcorn, Ellington, CT
I have been wanting to thank you for a while...I ordered seedlings that arrived last spring. I can't believe how they have done. Almost doubled their size in one growing season...and after traveling all the way to Ohio. I was not sure at first they would even leaf out...but then they just took off. The soil here is not the greatest, and perhaps on the alkaline side. But despite this it is the very best mail order nursery stock I have ever received, and bareroot too! How did you do it? I am a horticulturist and have never had such luck with any mail order stock, ever. Thanks a bunch, I am so pleased.
- Megan King
Last spring, you shipped six Dunstan Chestnuts to my home in south Saint Louis. I am in the USDA hardiness zone of 5b, or according to Arbor Day Foundation, I’m in zone 6.
The seedlings you sent are doing extremely well. Most are now around 4 ½ feet tall, while two are over 5 ½ feet tall, sticking out of the grow tubes! I’m very pleased that they seem to have adjusted well to their environment, which is adjacent to a forested area on soil that is rocky and mostly clay. Do you have any special instructions regarding how to protect them for the winter? I plan to place at least an inch of fresh mulch around the grow tube bases, but that’s about all I thought might be necessary. I’d greatly appreciate any advice.
Thanks…I may be putting in a second order, depending upon how much land I can clear and manage.
- David Miyazaki
To Whom It May Concern -
I planted the 10 chestnut trees I bought two weeks ago. To say the least, the care with which those plants were packed and shipped gave me the sense that I had something truly special. Each one felt quite alive as I held them.
I own 78 acres in the Berkshires - a place where the chestnut once reigned supreme! I planted these trees in an open spot in the forest in hopes of reintroducing this tree to where it belongs.
I'll get another 10 next year! Thanks and have a great summer!
- Bill Meier
Great Barrington, MA
I received my Chestnut trees. They look so healthy. Just wanted to let you know I have ordered trees over the internet before and been very disappointed in their packing/shipping process. This order was packed very well and the trees were kept moist and damage free and look healthy. I look forward to their growth and more purchases from Realtree Nursery.
Hi, I purchased 5 Dunstan's from you this spring. They arrived here in NY in April and I got them in the ground the next day. I planted them and mixed peat moss with the local soil, put 4' tree shelters around them, sprayed the competing vegetation, watered them through our drought 2 to 3 times a week and in June I watered with a weak solution of miracid.All are doing great. Two are now 4'6" tall, two are 5', and I have one mutant that is 8' tall. The picture is of the mutant and was taken this last Saturday. Its still putting out new leaves!Thanks for the great trees,BobMy Walmart trees already have nuts, even after a hot and dry summer!!-Ford Day
My property is North of Baton Rouge, LA on the Louisiana/Mississippi State line. I planted 50 American Persimmon trees from Real Tree Nursery this spring. I ordered 50 trees and all 50 trees survived, I was amazed. I will plant another 50 trees this coming spring of another variety.