The chestnut is a magical tree. The American chestnut was once a staple food in the winter months across all of Eastern North America, until the Chestnut blight came in the early 20th century. All of the chestnuts we grow are hybrids and crosses of many different species in the Castanea genus and all have blight resistance.
Chestnuts are amazing because nutritionally they are more of a grain than a nut. They are low in fat and protein, but high in carbohydrates making them an excellent staple food. They produce fairly early—as early as age 2 in some cases, but more often closer to 5-7 years of age—they are long-lived trees, and they are reliable as far as nut production goes.
The chestnut will provide many nuts for years to come, they can grow from 30-60 feet tall, and in some cases have a canopy of about 30 feet wide. Two chestnuts are required for pollination!
We will soon be carrying pure Chinese chestnuts for shipping!
NOTE: We cannot ship chestnuts to California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Michigan, or Louisiana due to quarantine restrictions in these states. Thanks for understanding!