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CHESTNUT TREE

Botanical Name: Castanea sativa
Description

A chestnut tree is a fast growing, long lived, large deciduous tree that produces abundant crops of nuts during Autumn. Although regarded as a cold climate tree chestnuts can be grown in the subtropics provided they have well-drained soils to minimize their susceptibility to Phytophthora. Planting 2 varieties will ensure well-filled nut burrs. Seedling chestnuts are worthy of consideration and can start cropping after 4 years.  Nuts are produced inside a very prickly husk, which splits open to reveal the nuts when they are ripe.  Nuts are large, brown and shiny.Chestnut TreeChestnuts are best eaten either boiled or roasted. To prepare them, boil whole in their shells for about 30 minutes, once they are cooked, cut the soft shell and the kernel can be scooped out.  To roast them in the oven, open fire or microwave be sure to pierce the outer shell to prevent them from  exploding.  After cooking remove the outer shell and inner bitter tasting skin before eating.

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Chestnut - seedling

This European chestnut produces large sweet nuts, the kind found sold in fruit markets. Seedlings are relatively quick to bear and are generally more hardy and quick growing than Grafted trees.
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$24.75 0 Seedling Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety
$17.75 0 Seedling Medium Email Me When Available Seeking Propagation Material
Chestnut Marone Compliments of Yalca Fruit Trees

Chestnut - Marone

This large nut from WA but originally of Italian origin. Fairly upright habit exhibiting Asian characteristics such as fine wood and pointy buds. Excellent quality.
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$39.00 0 Grafted Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety
$69.00 0 Grafted
(Bare Root)
Large Email Me When Available Seeking Propagation Material
Chestnut Reilly

Chestnut - Reilly

The Reilly originates from a planting made early this century on the Alstonville Plateau. A low chill variety that bears prolifically in Feb/March. Fair nut and keeping qualities.
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$39.00 0 Grafted Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety
Chestnut - Winchester

Chestnut - Winchester

A large low chill selection suitable for the sub tropics, sets well on its own but will benefit from cross pollination.
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$39.00 0 Grafted Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety
Chestnut Emerald Gem Compliments of Yalca Fruit Trees

Chestnut - Emerald Gem

From Emerald Lake in the Dandenong region. It is a beautiful spreading tree that is almost weeping in habit. Very prolific, tends to bear heavily which greatly influences nut size. A distinctive orange-tan coloured nut without stripes. Evidence of Asian parentage.
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$54.00 0 Grafted
(Bare Root)
Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety In Production
Chestnut April Gold Compliments of Yalca Fruit Trees

Chestnut - April Gold

An early variety from the Dandenong ranges in VIC. Originally of European origin it produces extra large dark coloured nuts. Upright habit, free falling nuts.
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$39.00 0 Grafted Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety In Production
$49.00 0 Grafted
(Bare Root)
Large Email Me When Available Seeking Propagation Material
Flemmings Chestnut Special Nut Tree

Chestnut - Flemings Special

A specially selected, budded cultivar. Produces large brown nuts with a predominant stripe. Excellent quality nut for roasting. In addition to their nuts, Chestnuts are valuable as ornamental trees for larger gardens. Prefers well drained, acid soils. Mid-season maturity.
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$49.00 0 Grafted
(Bare Root)
Large Email Me When Available In Production
chestnuts in burr

Chestnut - Buffalo Queen

Large nut, very attractive dark red with a prominent stripe. Nuts free fall very early . Very precocious, usually cropping in the third year
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$49.00 0 Grafted
(Bare Root)
Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety Seeking Propagation Material
Chestnut - Perlo

Chestnut - Perlo

A local selection from the Alstonville Plateau that performs well in the subtropics.
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$34.00 0 Grafted Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety Seeking Propagation Material
Chestnut - George Sands

Chestnut - George Sands

Named after the founder of a nursery in the Dandenongs. An upright European tree with large to extra large nuts with only one nut to each burr. Dark glossy brown, thin shelled free falling nut.
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$39.00 0 Grafted Large Email Me When Available
*Pollinate with another chestnut variety Seeking Propagation Material

Plant Information or Specifications

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

+10m

Plants required to Pollinate

2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

No Leaves (Deciduous)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

April, May

 

Customer Comments on Chestnut Tree

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Chestnut Tree Share Your Advice or ask questions on our Forum

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Planted 30 seedlings some 10 years ago. Very rapid growth, minimum care, a ridiculously abundant crop. Roasted nuts, delicious and nutritious. Good stock food for pigs, green nuts make a fabulous liqueur. Easy tree to grow but eventually huge in size. | David White - Mudgee, NSW 28-May-2006
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