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Peach Chinese Chestnut
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Slow growing, blight-resistant Chinese chestnut selection that matures mid-season. Peach Chestnut trees are eye-catching and stand out all on their own! Fragrant, creamy white blooms cover the tree in late spring, and in autumn, as the golden yellow leaves fall, so do the chestnuts! Ready for you to catch and snack on as you take a seat right under this handsome tree canopy.
- 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!
Peach Chestnut throws a curveball into the traditional viewpoint of chestnuts, almost as sweet as a peach and fuzzy to boot. This reliable producer grows chestnuts that are fuzzy on the outside and extra-large on the inside, sort of like mini peaches. The benefit to growing Peach? This variety of chestnuts will not over-bear nuts, meaning that you will have just the right amount of chestnuts to enjoy during harvest time!
Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Fall Foliage: Yellow
How to Grow
Peach 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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