Any experience with chestnut trees?

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  1. EC

    EC 12 pointer

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    Been thinking about planting two chestnut trees in my yard. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this?
     
  2. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    All I know is they grow relatively fast and can produce at 5 to 6 years

    And I can't find any locally..
     
  3. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

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    Don't put Chinese Chestnuts in your yard if you plan on going out there barefoot...

    I suppose you and I are a bit old to start experimenting with American Chestnuts, but i would have like to have started that 40 years ago.
     
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  4. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    Dad had two chestnuts in his back yard, burrs are dangerous.He hit a burr ,with his lawn mower ,throwed it into the trunk of the tree, well a sticker flew back ,and hit him in his eye, he went to the eye dr. and it liked a very small margin ,going through his eye ball,he didn’t loose it, but if it had went any farther , he would’ve lost his eye
     
  5. ojibwa62

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    Plant Dunston or hybridized American veriety..
     
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  6. carnivore

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    What type?
     
  7. Lady Hunter

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    Dad had several Chinese chesnuts on the farm when I was growing up.
    a) The blooms don't smell good & when they drop, they stick like glue to whatever they fall on. Some got on my mom's car one year & we like to have never got the sticky things off of it!
    b) Those burrs will leave a mark, whether you step on 'em (they'll draw blood in a heartbeat) or one falls on you. Leather gloves are REQUIRED for checkign them for nuts unless you want sore fingers. (And do NOT try to push them apart with your shoe - if you hit one wrong, the spines will go thru your shoe into your foot - don't ask me how I know...)
    I would NOT advise them in a yard, personally. However, we planted several back in the field behind the house a few years ago. Need to go check & see if they survived...
     
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  8. EC

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    I was hoping maybe I could find a hardy variation of the wiped out American chestnut variety. If that's even possible these days. I know they've pretty much all been wiped out but thought there was a restoration project going on somewhere.
     
  9. EC

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    Thanks. That's helpful.
     
  10. EC

    EC 12 pointer

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    Sounds like the Chinese one's should be avoided all all costs.
     
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  11. carnivore

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    Do your research. There a few older threads on here about them. If i remember correctly these trees are dying after they reach maturity.
     
  12. bigbonner

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    My mother had a chestnut tree I her back yard and I hated it because in the spring it would stink ,or to me it did.
     
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  13. jblack1

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    Once upon a time at another residence I had 8 in my back yard and they smell like an old wet dish cloth that's been sitting around for awhile.
     
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  14. Strutter

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    You drive right by a guys place that has hundreds of nuts and saplings when you go to town.

    I have about 50 dunstans and AC's planted at my farm and 20 here at home in pots that I got from the American Chestnut Foundation. They are supposed to be very blight resistant with the ones in a year or so being totally blight resistant.
     
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  15. carnivore

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    Are they producing yet? How long ago did u plant them
     

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