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Perfect pollinator tree alert! If you are looking for a great pollinator tree partner Maraval is an excellent choice. A French chestnut, Maraval produces a medium yield each year but does not accel in nut production. Maraval shines when it comes to pollen production; it can produce enough pollen that trees over 100 feet away can be pollinated. A great addition to trees such as Luval Monster, Maraval will be a tree that will be a mandatory addition to any chestnut orchard!
- 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!
Live in a hot region? Maraval Chestnut is an excellent choice for your yard! A vigorous grower, Maraval will prove itself as a wonderful shade tree as well as a successful chestnut producer in your backyard. Nuts are not the only entities produced; the early summer will bring fluffy bloom spikes in a cream color, a perfect flowery contrast to the green leaves. Maraval chestnuts store well and ripen in mid to late season. Each nut is large and is of good quality for eating.
Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Other: Chestnut Blight resistant; Cold resistant; Great Pollinator for other Chestnuts
How to Grow
Maraval 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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