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NURSERY STOCK CATALOG

We sell Chinese seedlings, chinkapin seedlings, American chestnut seedlings, timber hybrid seedlings, grafted chestnut cultivars and seed chestnuts. The seedlings are sold as bare-root stock, shipped from late December through May, or as container stock. Small quantities of container trees can be shipped during their dormant season, September through April, or can be picked up any time during the year. Below is our nursery catalog which provides descriptions and prices of our stock. The chestnut seed section of our catalog is at the bottom of this page.

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CHINESE SEEDLINGS
Chinese Seedling Tree
Chinese Seedling
 
Chinese seedlings (Castanea mollissima) - Grown from open-pollinated seed collected from superior mother trees, selected for nut production characteristics including large nut size, good kernel qualities, consistent yields, blight resistance, cold hardiness. Seedlings are labeled according to mother tree. Orders for more than 10 trees will include seedlings from various mother trees. If you would like seedlings from one or more particular mother trees, call us to verify availability. Chinese seedlings are available as 1-yr bare-root (12-24 in. tall), 2-yr bare-root (24-36 in. tall), or 2-yr container (2 gal pot).

SHIPPING: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to the following states: FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA. These states all have quarantine restrictions that do not permit entry of chestnut trees from eastern USA, so we cannot ship trees to those states.

SHIPPING FOR 3-YR CONTAINER STOCK: 3-yr container stock must be picked up or sent by truck. When placing an order within our shopping cart for 3-yr container stock, select "store pick up" from the shipping option menu at check out, even if you cannot pick it up. The shopping cart cannot compute the cost of sending this container tree by truck.
Those who cannot pick up the 3-yr container stock should contact Empire Chestnut at empirechestnut@gmail.com. Empire Chestnut will let you know the shipping cost and invoice you for that cost.


Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root (12-24 in.) $32.00 $55.00 $225.00 $430.00
1-yr. bare-root (> 24 in.) $38.00 $70.00 $305.00 $580.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

2-yr. container - $70.00 $120.00


3-yr. container $40.00 - -


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CHINKAPIN SEEDLINGS
Chinkapin Seedling Tree
Chinkapin Seedling

Allegheny chinkapin seedlings (Castanea pumila) - Grown from our own selected population of chinkapins (not chinkapin oaks!) Allegheny chinkapins are native to southeastern USA. They are a shrub or small tree reaching a mature height of about 25 ft. They produce large quantities of tiny nuts (400-500 per lb.) in clusters of burs. They are great for wildlife or landscape use. Available as 1-yr bare-root, 2-yr bare-root or 2-yr container (1 gal.) stock.

SHIPPING FOR BARE-ROOT TREES: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA. These states all have quarantine restrictions that do not permit entry of chestnut trees from eastern USA
 
SHIPPING FOR CONTAINER STOCK: Shipping is NOT included in the price.

Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root (6-12 in.) $32.00 $55.00 $225.00 $430.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

2-yr. container - $60.00 $100.00
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NEW! - AMERICAN CHESTNUT SEEDLINGS

American chestnut seedlings (Castanea dentata) - Seedlings of pure American chestnuts. Seed collected from our own plantings of northern Appalachian sources. These trees are NOT blight resistant! They will eventually die to the ground when exposed to chestnut blight fungus. But they will keep the species going and offer some nut production before they blight. Available as 1-yr bare-root or 2-yr container (1 gal.) stock.

SHIPPING FOR BARE-ROOT TREES: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA. These states all have quarantine restrictions that do not permit entry of chestnut trees from eastern USA.
 
SHIPPING FOR CONTAINER STOCK: Shipping is NOT included in the price.

Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root (6-12 in.) $32.00 $55.00 $225.00 $430.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

2-yr. container - $60.00 $100.00
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TIMBER HYBRID SEEDLINGS
Timber Hybrid
Timber Hybrid
 

Timber hybrids (Castanea hybrids) - Seedling trees of hybrid ancestry including Chinese, American, and European. Seed collected from highly selected, blight resistant, timber-type mother trees. Not all seedlings will be blight resistant, nor will all be timber type. Suggested for small-scale experimental plantings. Available as 1-yr bare-root or 2-yr container (1 gal.) stock.

SHIPPING FOR BARE-ROOT TREES: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA. These states all have quarantine restrictions that do not permit entry of chestnut trees from eastern USA

Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root (10-20 in.) $32.00 $55.00 $225.00 $430.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

2-yr. container - $60.00 $100.00
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WILDLIFE HYBRIDS
Wildlife Hybrid
Wildlife Hybrid
 
Wildlife hybrids (Castanea hybrids) - Seedling trees of hybrid ancestry including Chinese, Seguin (Chinese chinkapin), and Allegheny chinkapin. Seed collected from highly selected, blight resistant, vigorous trees that are very productive and precocious with small nut size. The nuts have excellent flavor, but are generally too small for commercial production. Ultimate tree size is too small to compete in a closed-canopy forest. Great attractant for deer and game birds. Available as 1-yr bare-root stock or 2-yr container (1 gal) stock.
 
SHIPPING FOR BARE-ROOT TREES: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA. These states all have quarantine restrictions that do not permit entry of chestnut trees from eastern USA.
Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root (10-20 in.) $32.00 $55.00 $225.00 $430.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

2-yr. container - $60.00 $100.00
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GRAFTED CULTIVARS
Grafted chestnut trees - Chip budded onto seedling rootstocks in early spring and greenhouse-grown in 2 gal. pots (12 to 36 in. tall, depending on clone). Plant at least two clones for cross-pollination (any two). We offer a selection of cultivars that we consider to be the best, described below. We also propagate a few individuals of clones not listed here. Contact us at empirechestnut@gmail.com if you're interested in these. We have descriptions of our cultivars below this price table.

Can't decide which grafted trees to order? We can put together a package of trees custom fit to your location and interests. You will have an opportunity on our order form to give us the information we need to select trees for you.

Description Box of 2 Box of 4

1-yr. container Grafted Chestnuts $ 70.00 $120.00

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OUR CULTIVARS

TOP RATED CULTIVARS:

  • 'Gideon' - Pure Chinese, selected from our orchard, medium to large sized nuts, mid-season ripening
  • 'Kohr' - Selected by Clarence Kohr in Pennsylvania
  • 'Payne' (formerly 'Byron 3-3') - Pure Chinese, selected from Jerry Payne's USDA planting in Byron, GA; very large nuts; not yet widely tested
  • 'Peach' - Pure Chinese, selected from our orchard, medium to large sized nuts, mid-season ripening
  • 'Perry' (formerly 'Lindstrom 93') - Selection from Jerry Payne's planting in Byron, GA; nuts slightly smaller than 'Byron' but better shaped.
  • 'Qing' (pronounced "ching") - Pure Chinese; the original tree is a yard tree in western Kentucky; ripens in mid-season (same as 'Peach' and 'Gideon'); large nut size, excellent flavor, excellent keeping quality, and it peels easily.
  • 'Shing' - Pure Chinese from Nanjing, China, seedling selected by Mike Nave in California; vigorous, productive, large-sized nuts; not yet widely tested
  • 'Sleeping Giant' - Selected in CT, hybrid with mainly Chinese characteristics, medium to large sized nuts, early ripening

    ARCHIVED AND POTENTIAL CULTIVARS - PROPAGATED IN LIMITED QUANTITIES:

  • 'AU-Homestead' - Selected at Auburn, AL; cold-hardy to -20 degrees F, medium-sized nuts, late ripening, reportedly some gall wasp resistance
  • 'Carr' - Old cultivar, medium to large-sized nuts, upright growth habit
  • 'Chandler' - Selected by George Smith in South Carolina
  • 'Crane' - Medium-sized nuts, late ripening, upright growth habit
  • 'Byron' (formerly 'Lindstrom 67') - Selection from Jerry Payne's planting in Byron, GA, vigorous grower, large nuts (but mis-shapen)
  • 'Nanking' - Was once a very popular cultivar in southeastern USA, medium to large sized nuts, late ripening, tends to over-produce resulting in smaller nut size
  • 'Norris' - Reportedly resistant to chestnut weevils, medium sized nuts
  • 'Orrin' - Similar to 'Nanking', medium to large sized nuts, mid-season ripening, tends to over-produce resulting in smaller nut size
  • 'Paragon' - This is most likely the "Sober Paragon", an American-European hybrid widely planted in the early 1900's. It has a vigorous, upright growth habit, is a consistent bearer of medium-sized nuts, mid-season ripening, very blight susceptible, It has produced many outstanding offspring both in terms of nut production and timber-type growth.
  • 'Smith' - Selected by George Smith in South Carolina

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SEED CHESTNUTS
For those who wish to grow their own seedling trees, we offer specially selected seed chestnuts. These are the same chestnuts that we plant to produce our seedling nursery stock. They are collected only from the best mother trees, i.e., blight resistant, cold-hardy, consistent bearers of large, high quality chestnuts. They are selected for nut production (not timber) and are mostly pure Chinese (C. mollissima). If you would like seed from a particular mother tree, we can provide it, just give us a call.

SEED CHESTNUTS SHOULD BE ORDERED SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER; THEY ARE SHIPPED IN NOVEMBER.
SHIPPING IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICES BELOW.
Description Price
1 lb. select Chinese seed chestnuts $13.25 (25-35 seeds)
2 lbs. select Chinese seed chestnuts $24.11 (50-70 seeds)
5 lbs. select Chinese seed chestnuts $43.80 (approx. 150 seeds)
10 lbs. select Chinese seed chestnuts $71.30 (approx. 300 seeds)
1 lb. timber hybrid seeds $17.25 (50-80 seeds)
2 lb. timber hybrid seeds $31.11 (100-160 seeds)
1 lb. wildlife hybrid seeds $17.25 (50-80 seeds)
2 lb. wildlife hybrid seeds $31.11 (100-160 seeds)
1/4 lb. Allegheny chinkapin seeds $16.50 (80-100 seeds)
1/2 lb. Allegheny chinkapin seeds $27.50 (150-250 seeds)
1 lb. Allegheny chinkapin seeds $45.25 (300-500 seeds)
1 lb. American chestnut seeds $17.25 (60-100 seeds)
2 lb. American chestnut seeds $31.11 (120-200 seeds)
5 lb. American chestnut seeds $61.30 (300-500 seeds)

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