Qing Chinese Chestnut
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Sweet as candy and almost as plentiful, Qing Chestnuts will have you questioning why you haven't discovered these bundles of joy sooner. For each pound you pick off of Qing, there are around 20-30 nuts! Invite your friends over to enjoy the freshness and sweetness that only Qing Chestnuts can offer.
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!
Put a spin on traditional shade trees and plant a vigorously growing Qing Chestnut in that empty landscape hole. This shade tree will put forth and bloom full of white catkins to start the spring season. This shade tree isn't just a pretty face; in October, the fruits of its harvest will be ready for picking. Each chestnut is easy to peel and contains a sweet, flavorful taste. To ensure proper pollination of Qing, you will want to plant two or more chestnut varieties nearby.
Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Other: Cold Hardy, Chestnut Blight resistant
How to Grow
Qing 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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