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Are those buds we see? If it's early spring, Marsol Chestnut is probably starting to come into bloom, meaning that a chestnut harvest isn't far behind! Nothing is more exciting than walking through your landscape, basket in hand, ready to collect the large chestnuts from your Marsol tree. Marsol chestnuts are flavorful and make a great addition to any meal or a healthy snack for all members of the family. Keep your eyes open though, Marsol chestnuts will fall independently from the burrs, so ensure that you wear shoes to prevent stepping on a stray chestnut.
- 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!
Ideal for East Coast growers but versatile enough to thrive in other areas, Marsol is chestnut for all! Warmer weather locations will spur on larger nuts ripe for the picking and cooler weather locations, resulting in the chestnuts growing to a medium-sized nut. An early bloomer, this tree thrives best in areas that have consistent spring weather. Marsol nuts ripen mid-season. Each nut is easily peeled and has an excellent flavor for all to enjoy.
Height: 30-60 ft
Width: 20-40 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Other: Great Pollinator for other chestnuts; Root Rot tolerant; Cold Tolerant
How to Grow
Marsol 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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