Chestnut Tree Seeds - American Chestnut
(Castanea dentata) Zones 4 - 8. Endangered Native Tree.
This giant, gentle provider was once a staple food source among Indigenous people and later, settlers. Now, the American Chestnut exists almost exclusively as part of restorative breeding projects.
Colonization brought many hardships to Turtle Island and for the American Chestnut came chestnut blight in 1904. This disease, all but wiped them out. It is thought that in the East, one quarter of all hardwood trees was a Chestnut Tree.
We invite you to try growing this endangered plant. All seeds carry with them their heritage, from way back at the beginning. The're also the keepers of the future of their species. If American Chestnut goes extinct, that story-line stops and that is very sad.
** American Chestnut trees have both female and male flowers but the cannot pollinate themselves. You must have two or more trees for them to produce nuts. **
Cold Hardiness: Zones 4 -8
Size: Large Tree
Growth Rate: Medium - Fast
Nitrogen Fixer: No
Native Plant: Yes
Germination: 80 - 90%
Sun requirements: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Sandy, loamy soils. Well draining.
Something to note, when it comes to any chestnut tree, is that their spiky shells will need to be raked up every year, especially if you enjoy going barefoot. Ouch!