Eaton Chinese Chestnut
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Eaton Chestnuts are sweet, flavorful, medium nuts that mature in late September and store well. Cold-hardy and is resistant to chestnut blight! Chestnut trees are just the thing for gardeners looking for something a little out of the ordinary. These gorgeous noble trees giveaway to a brilliant golden show in the fall and produce delicious chestnuts in November. (A second Chestnut Tree in the vicinity may be necessary for cross-pollination to ensure a good harvest.)
Our chestnuts are not GMO, Genetically Modified Organisms, which are created in a laboratory.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Continuing the American heritage, Eaton chestnut originated in Connecticut. This hybrid is here to provide pretty white catkins in spring and tasty nuts in the fall. 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!
Healthy foods have never tasted so good! With Eaton chestnut, you'll be the healthiest snacker on the block. Eaton produces low-fat nuts for your enjoyment. Similar in taste to the American chestnut, Eaton has medium to large nuts that ripen in late September. This hybrid chestnut is chestnut blight resistant and cold-hardy. You will want to plant another chestnut nearby for proper pollination.
Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
How to Grow
Eaton 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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