Gideon Chinese Chestnut
Shipping Autumn of 2022
The noble Gideon Chestnut tree. In fall, the flowers have morphed into the proverbial chestnuts that you can roast on an open fire while Jack Frost nips at your nose. This disease-resistant and cold-hardy Chinese chestnut is known to have rich flavor and an early harvest, so you won't have to wait too long in those autumns days to reach up for a snack! You'll know when the chestnuts are almost ready when the tree burst with gorgeous yellow foliage!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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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!
A cold-hardy Chinese chestnut cultivar, Gideon will produce consistently large harvests year after year. Gideon has a spreading habit as one of the fastest-growing chesnuts but will provide you with early ripening, easy peeling, delicious nuts. Plant Gideon with its companion Qing and enjoy twice the nuts from your own backyard!
Height: 40-60 ft
Width: 40-60 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
How to Grow
Gideon 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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