Luval's Monster Chinese Chestnut
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Ever dream of creating your own orchard where you could go out and pick fresh chestnuts? Now is a great time to start, and what better choice than Laval's Monster Chestnut. This American-Chinese cultivar is very cold-hardy and produce extra-large chestnuts that are perfect for roasting! Though Laval is a great nut producing tree, Laval is not self-pollinating, meaning that you will need to include another chestnut variant into your landscape. Mix and match chestnuts to create your own chestnut grove for fresh nuts each year!
Our chestnuts are not GMO, Genetically Modified Organisms, which are created in a laboratory.
- 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!
Luval's Monster isn't something to be afraid of; it is something to embrace and invite friends over for. This chestnut variety produces extra-large nuts that are similar to Chinese Chestnuts. Luval is an American-Chinese hybrid that is twice as productive as Chinese varieties. However, Luval is not self-pollinating and does require to have other chestnuts nearby to help pollinate.
Height: 40 ft
Width: 40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Fall Foliage: Yellow
How to Grow
Luval's Monster 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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