Sleeping Giant Chinese Chestnut
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Sleeping Giant Chestnut trees are a fertile hybrid cultivar with proven blight resistance and large, spreading tree habit. Bears many small to medium-sized sweet, easy-to peel nuts that mature early in season. Often grown for timber. These chestnuts are 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!
Be patient with this sleeping giant; it does not enjoy being woken while the frost is still settling. Watch as the days become warmer; the frost is a distant memory, and that is when Sleeping Giant will awaken with spring flowers. A great shade tree during the hot summer, this tree will continue to be productive into September once the nuts ripen. Sleeping Giant chestnuts are easy to peel and of medium to large size. Sleeping Giant does require to have other chestnuts planted nearby; however, Sleeping Giant's are often grown to be used for timber, giving you yet another productive use for this tree when issues with the tree come up.
Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Other: Chestnut Blight resistant
How to Grow
Sleeping Giant 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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