Benton Harbor Chinese Chestnut Tree
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Benton Harbor Chinese Chestnut

Castanea mollissima 'Benton Harbor'
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What a tasty tree nut! Benton Harbor Chestnut is a descendant from the Chinese strand of chestnuts and take after the early production. As a result, Benton will provide you with a stable and vigorous harvest year after year with some of the tastiest nuts you could ask for! Once this tree starts nut production, it will continue providing you with enough chestnuts for yourself, your friends, and other loved ones as well. Give a gift of healthy snacks to those you love, and bring home a Benton Harbor Chestnut tree today!

Growth Facts

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The Story

In the early days of the United States, millions of American Chestnut Trees grew across the land, from Michigan to Maine and south to Mississippi and northwestern Florida. The largest specimens were over 100 feet tall and had trunks 12 feet thick. The durable wood supplied people with the material to make furniture, railway ties, and utility poles. Then, in 1904, a deadly Chestnut blight from China appeared at the Bronx Zoo. By the time Nat King Cole was singing about roasting chestnuts in 1946, most of the country’s Chestnut Trees had fallen victim. We offer seedlings from mature, surviving Chestnut Trees in northwestern Illinois in an effort to help get this glorious species reestablished!

The Details

Benton Harbor is an early producer in comparison to other Chinese chestnuts. This chestnut is well-known for its fast growth and early nut production. Benton Harbor nuts have excellent, flavorful qualities, which make them popular among chestnut enthusiasts. This chestnut should not be planted near 'Colossal' chestnut trees and, due to its fast growth, should be monitored for wind damage. Benton Harbor is also chestnut blight resistant.

Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Foliage: Green
Zone: 4-8

How to Grow

Benton Harbor Chestnut appreciates good, rich, moist, well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine. Provide regular irrigation. Chestnuts are encased in prickly, sea urchin-like pods, so you’ll want to keep this tree away from patios, pools, sidewalks, and other places where bare feet may wander. In rural areas, semi-wild spaces are ideal, as local wildlife like turkeys, jays, and grouse will love to share in the bounty. Before planting, check with your local extension office about the presence of Chestnut blight in your area and the feasibility of planting Chestnuts on your property.

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