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Homestead Chinese Chestnut
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High disease resistance. Outstanding vigor. Uniform growth. Need we say more? The Homestead Chestnut is a grafted variety of Chinese Chestnut that comes to us from the Bond Selection Orchards out of Mexico, Missouri - an orchard created by Missouri Senator Kit Bond in order to grow and select new varieties of Chestnuts that 'check' all of those boxes! These mid-season, medium-sized Chestnuts (30-40 per pound) bring you a sweet flavor but a firm texture - perfect for adding to your baked goods or main dishes. If you're looking for a 'low maintenance' Chestnut to add to your home orchard, look no further - the Homestead should have a home in yours!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Hailing from the city of Auburn, Alabama, this Chinese chestnut hybrid variety is here to continue chestnut growing in American. 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 chestnut that you'll want to bring home for sure! Homestead makes itself right at home as being one of the best chestnuts to add to your favorite cooked dish. With the sweet flavors and firm flesh that ripen in late September, you'll want to add Homestead chestnuts to all of your dishes. A cold-hardy and chestnut blight-resistant Chinese chestnut, you really cannot go wrong with planting Homestead. To ensure that pollination is executed correctly, plant two grafted chestnut varieties for a successful chestnut harvest.
Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
How to Grow
Homestead 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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