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NURSERY STOCK CATALOG

We sell chestnut seedlings and seed, if available, of the following species: Chinese, Japanese, American, Allegheny chinkapin. We also sell hybrids selected specifically for wildlife, timber, and nut production. The seedlings are sold as bare-root stock, shipped from 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. The chestnut seed section of our catalog is at the bottom of this page.

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CHESTNUTS FOR NUT PRODUCTION
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, e-mail to verify availability. Chinese seedlings are available as 1-yr bare-root (12-24 in. tall), 1-yr bare-root (24-36 in. tall), and 1, 2, or 3-yr-old container grown trees. Seedlings are available as offspring from the following cultivars: AU-Homestead, Gideon, Hong Kong, Kohr, Liu, Peach, Qing, Sleeping Giant, plus some new numbered selections, and a cold-hardy population from NE Iowa.

Chinese hybrids (Castanea xmollissima) - While most hybrids perform poorly compared to pure Chinese, there are a few notable exceptions. These hybrids offer the potential for higher yields while maintaining excellent Chinese nut qualities. Because hybrids are more variable, some individuals will need to be culled or topworked. Therefore, hybrids should comprise no more than one third of a commercial planting. Seedlings are available from the following hybrid cultivars: Ace, Luvall's Monster, Szego.

Japanese seedlings (Castanea crenata) - Seedlings from the cultivar collection at the Korean Institute of Forest Genetics have resulted in high quality Japanese-type chestnuts. Available as bare-root trees and container stock. Limited supply.

SHIPPING: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to the following states due to quarantine restrictions: FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA.

Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root (12-24 in.) $35.00 $59.00 $240.00 $460.00
1-yr. bare-root (> 24 in.) $42.00 $74.00 $315.00 $600.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

1-yr. container - $30.00 $50.00


2-yr. container - $70.00 $120.00


3-yr. container $40.00 Must be Picked Up



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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 plugs, or 2-yr container (1 gal.) stock.

SHIPPING: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to the following states due to quarantine restrictions: FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA.

Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. Plug trees (6-12 in.) $35.00 $59.00 $240.00 $460.00
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) - The timber hybrid seed/seedlings come from an isolated block of trees that I have assembled over a period of years. The trees in this block are seedlings or grafted trees that meet the following criteria: they are American chestnut hybrids, OR they exhibit a tall, straight growth form combined with adequate blight resistance. Every year, I add new trees to the collection and I remove trees that exhibit poor growth form (loss of apical dominance). Blight susceptible trees essentially remove themselves (they don't produce seeds), but I let them stand to provide a constant barrage of blight fungus inoculum to challenge the other trees in the block. The trees come from a diverse background including the following: 1) a local American X Chinese that is unusually blight resistant; 2) Paragon X Chinese; 3) 3rd and 4th generation offspring from Meader's New Hampshire #4 - mostly Japanese-looking with good stem form and blight resistance; 4) offspring from a Euro-Japanese hybrid selected in Switzerland for blight resistance and growth form. Also included are offspring from the above selections. These trees all pollinate each other so the resulting seeds are a genetic mixture. Most of the seedlings will carry some American chestnut germplasm, but overall the trees are much less than half American; the balance of their heritage is Japanese, European, and/or Chinese. It is likely that a substantial portion of the offspring from this planting will be blight susceptible and/or have poor stem form. But hopefully, some of them will exhibit a forest-competitive combination of blight resistance and height growth. All of them will produce seeds for wildlife commencing at age 3-7 years. These seeds/trees are for experimental purposes and genetic development purposes; they are not yet ready for reforestation purposes.

SHIPPING: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to the following states due to quarantine restrictions: FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA.

Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root or plug (12-24 in.) $35.00 $59.00 $240.00 $460.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

2-yr. container - $70.00 $120.00
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WILDLIFE HYBRIDS
Wildlife Hybrid
Wildlife Hybrid
 
Wildlife hybrids (Castanea hybrids) - The wildlife hybrids come from a contiguous block of trees that is composed of C. seguiniiX C. dentata hybrids and C. pumila X C. mollissima hybrids. Many of the trees are 2nd or 3rd generation trees from the hybrids listed. They have been selected for blight resistance. They all are prolific bearers of small chestnuts and should commence producing chestnuts at age 3-5 years. The nut size is generally larger than chinkapins, but smaller than Chinese. Ultimate tree size will vary, but they should end up in the 20 ft to 50 ft height range. This is not tall enough to compete in North American forests. The small chestnuts produced will attract birds as well as squirrels, deer, etc. An added bonus is that the chestnuts are very tasty as human food; probably better-tasting than most Chinese chestnuts. Unfortunately, they're too small for impatient humans to shell and eat.
 
SHIPPING FOR BARE-ROOT TREES: Shipping is NOT included in the price. We cannot ship trees to the following states due to quarantine restrictions: FL, MI, LA, CA, OR, WA.
Bare-root Stock Bundle of 5 Bundle of 10 Bundle of 50 Bundle of 100
1-yr. bare-root or plug (12-24 in.) $35.00 $59.00 $240.00 $460.00
Container Stock Each Box of 2 Box of 4

2-yr. container - $70.00 $120.00
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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 described above. Due to 17-yr cicada damage this year, our seed supply is somewhat limited. In particular, we have no timber hybrid seed this year.

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 $14.60 (25-35 seeds)
2 lbs. select Chinese seed chestnuts $25.75 (50-70 seeds)
5 lbs. select Chinese seed chestnuts $48.20 (approx. 150 seeds)
10 lbs. select Chinese seed chestnuts $79.95 (approx. 300 seeds)
1 lb. wildlife hybrid seeds $18.85 (50-80 seeds)
2 lb. wildlife hybrid seeds $33.25 (100-160 seeds)
1/4 lb. Allegheny chinkapin seeds $18.10 (80-100 seeds)
1/2 lb. Allegheny chinkapin seeds $29.60 (150-250 seeds)
1 lb. Allegheny chinkapin seeds $50.10 (300-500 seeds)

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